Awakening – The Consequence of Reality, a second review.
June 20, 2010 by guest
Queens, New York, June 19th 2010: The movie “ AWAKENING -The Consequence of Reality” was screened for a second time at PS268 on Jamaica Avenue in Queens. I would estimate about 100 viewers were in the audience.
To say the least, I fully understand and appreciate what the creators of the movie were trying to convey, that is individuals must always face the consequences of their actions, however small and insignificant they may be. The boy- girl- relationship theme is probably one that is timely in the community and especially the Guyanese community in New York today.
That being said, I did not stay for the whole show, since the intermission came after approximately two hour at which time most movies end since human beings only have so long of an attention span.
The movie centers around three teenage boys and girls, the nuances of falling in love, sibling rivalry between one of the boys (Dave) and his sister (Drupattie) . Some of the “reality” elements include the consequences of unsafe sex, drunken driving, teenage rebellion, fighting among teens and jealousy.
The opening scene focused on this apparently normal family of four, husband, wife, son (Dave), and daughter (Drupattie) and early morning routine in the home. I just think the family scenes dragged on too long and appeared too often to the point where they became very unrealistic. For instance it seemed as if the teens were struggling to speak creolese, which is fine, except some sentences started in perfect English in an American accent and ended in creolese in a Guyanese creole accent. Was that intentional? It does not appear to be.
The three teens form a “sixsome” friendship that is almost enviable. However that was shattered when Chris and Amanda, two of the teens were killed in an accident. Neither was wearing a seatbelt and the other driver was drunk. Not long after that Melanie finds out she is pregnant. Dave is horrified.
For the first hour of the movie, I wondered what was the point. Apart from the upbeat music in almost every scene, almost to the point where it drowned out speech, it felt like a normal , unremarkable storyline.
Some of the scenes were unrealistic, for instance when Amanda dies after the crash, she is just a little too perky when she wishes her mother and friends goodbye minutes before expiring. What are the chances of this scenario playing out in real life?
Melanie who had just moved from Florida to New York needed help from her friend moving her stuff in and one gets the impression she was living alone. However it became apparent that was living with both parents; It is kind of strange that the audience always hears the mother’s voice calling her in but never actually sees the mother…at least not to the point where I left.
Back to Dave and Drupattie…Drupattie just seems a little too “textbook like” submissive each time she apologized to her parents for being rebellious. She was reciting a script and that’s exactly what it sounded like. However the creator of this movie addressed an important issue by using Drupattie’s character. That is young girls trying desperately to fit in with their peers and what lengths they would go to achieve that goal. Then Dave who was depressed after Chris’s death got very perky within minutes after a pep talk from his mother. How realistic is this in real life?
“AWAKENING” feels like a mix of comedy and serious business. It does have a lot room for growth and improvement. I do applaud the creators and actors of the movie for this undertaking. It is truly an attempt to address some of the concerns the Guyanese community are facing today.
I would however recommend them having some professional assistance in script writing and more some guidance on delivery of the lines- good acting feels like real life, not reading a script. In my opinion the show time needs to be tightened, over two hours seems to be a little too long.
With guidance this particular group has the potential to be successful and effective. I would like to see future screenings, perhaps with a different focus with an interest in the Guyanese population.