Actress Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon) is fighting for the survival of her family in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Awake and the first trailer looks like there will be quite a few panic-inducing situations.
Rodriguez stars as Jill, a mother and military vet who is doing everything possible to keep her daughter Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt) and son Noah (Lucius Hoyos) alive when a devastating global event destroys all electronics and eliminates people’s ability to sleep.
The trailer begins with Jill and Noah looking out his bedroom window at the night sky. What Noah thinks are shooting stars, his mother says, are actually satellites falling back to Earth. The trailer then shifts to Jill and her kids driving in their car on a perfectly normal day when the radio starts to malfunction. Suddenly, their car is sideswiped by another vehicle.
“I don’t know what the hell happened,” an officer tells Jill after the accident. “Power is out everywhere. Cars, too.”
Although the trailer is vague about the “something” that “happened” portion of its narrative, it’s evident from the destruction around the city that whatever it is, it’s severe. Cars are stalled in the streets and some areas look like war zones. No one knows what has occurred, but something they do realize is that no one has the ability to fall asleep anymore.
Awake then explains what happens when someone doesn’t sleep: Stage 1: Disorientation. “After 48 hours of no sleep, there is a loss of critical thinking,” one character says.
After disorientation comes Stage 2: Hallucinations and Stage 3: Hysteria. This is when things get dangerous for Jill and her family when they are forced to reveal that Matilda is the only person who can still sleep.
The trailer then turns into a battle to save her daughter, who the citizens of the town believe holds the key to falling asleep themselves. “We should sacrifice her,” someone suggests as the scenario starts to intensify.
Something tells us Awake isn’t going to let audiences sleep either.
Awake premieres on Netflix June 9.