Wake (2010) – By Brian Morton

A death in the family is always something that’s traumatic to deal with, but when it’s an immediate family member (mother, father, daughter, son) it’s made that much more difficult. That’s (kind of) the story behind a movie by Dan Marcus called Wake.

Max is dealing with the death of his mother, and doesn’t seem to be doing it very well. His father is also dealing with it, and he’s dealing with trying to repair his damaged relationship with Max.

Now, while that might seem like a very simple plot line, Marcus manages to wring all the emotion that you might imagine out of this simple event. From a husband’s anguish to losing a wife, to a son’s grief at the loss of his mother, to the both of them trying to relate to each other after an (apparently) extended period of estrangement. Joshua Brail is amazing as Max, bringing so much to his performance with very little dialogue, and Greg Schweiner is great as Max’s father, dealing with grief and loss, both of his wife and his son’s affection, in a very subtle way!

Wake is an amazing little movie, running at just over 10 minutes long, it’s a movie that will make you feel everything that these two characters are going through. I’m giving Wake 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s sometimes a hard thing to make people feel real and have your audience experience the emotions of your characters with a large budget, but Dan Marcus does it perfectly with little time and budget!!! You can find out more by heading over to http://www.danjmarcus.com.