wake up and die movie review
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Studio: Grupo Enmente , Defiant Pictures , Straightwire Films
Running Time: 85 mins

Verdict: 2.5 / 5

I first dismissed Wake Up and Die almost entirely out of hand, because the box blurb seemed to tell the entire plot of the movie. And when a DVD usually does this, it’s because the makers of the film are almost begging you not to watch the film; to show to you in some abstract way that there’s no point. Surprisingly, this movie isn’t actually quite as bad as that, so that’s nice for it.

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The film only stars two characters within a confined space; Clarissa and Dorian. Clarissa wakes up one morning next to Dorian in his bed; with no memory of how she got there. Dorian proceeds to first rape and then murder her; whereupon she wakes up in the bed again; in a horrific version of Groundhog Day. The horror is equal parts violent; sexual and psychological; and in terms of making a disturbing movie certainly achieves it. It’s a very weird movie; and if you are not made at the very least uneasy; you are a stronger person than I.

At the same time; the film manages to be actually successful; it horrifies; with a very small set and only two characters; it manages to create real emotions in the viewer. Some may find it grotesque; and it certainly is so; but at the least it manages to be a success as a movie for that reason; even if it can seem over the top somewhat in its displays. Something for horror/thriller aficionados to check out; the mainstream public probably won’t have a point for this title.

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