Wake (2004)



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Marking the writing and directorial debut of Henry LeRoy Finch, Wake revolves around four estranged brothers whose reunion, through no conscious effort of their own, takes place on the eve of their mother's death. Shot entirely on location in Bath, ME, Wake is told from the perspective of Sebastian (Martin Landau), a struggling writer who has been burdened with the care of his rapidly deteriorating mother. Through flashbacks, Sebastian recounts the odd night from beginning to end. There's also Raymond (Blake Gibbons), fresh out of prison and equipped with a mean streak from hell; Kyle (Gale Harold), whose alcoholism resurfaces within hours of being in contact with Raymond; and Jack (John Winthrop Philbrick), who, after being laid off from his job as a security guard is celebrating the best way he knows how: with lots of alcohol and sleazy women. While the party rages downstairs, Sebastian and Kyle sit upstairs fretting over the state of their mother. Ultimately, they reveal a series of secrets that perhaps oughtn't have been shared and the night ends with devastating results.
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Blake Gibbons
as Raymond Riven
Gale Harold
as Kyle Riven
Dihlon McManne
as Sebastian Riven
Martin Landau
as Older Sebastian
Dusty Paik
as April
Rainer Judd
as Dusty
Robert Witham
as Police Officer
Judy Griffith
as Bartender
Charles Kozlosky
as Bartender
Melissa Henderson
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Marta Kozlosky
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Eric Matheson
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
John Ring
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Roger Van Deusen
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
Randy Visser
as Billy Budd's Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for Wake

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

Strong thesping and solid staging, atmospherically accompanied by disorienting, darkly folksy Ramsay Midwood songs make Wake surprisingly watchable.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005
Top Critic

Feels like a stagy adaptation of an already contrived play.

June 5, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Strictly straight-to-video fodder.

May 28, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

A self-conscious exercise in indie-minded pretension.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A hackneyed gothic tale invoking those traditional American family values of secrets and lies, the film fails to transcend its derivative literary aspirations.

Full Review… | May 27, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Roy Finch's shrill, derivative independent film is largely a one-set affair that seems to have been transplanted from its natural home somewhere Off-Off-Off Broadway.

Full Review… | May 27, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Wake

I really don't know why I sat through this movie in its entirety. Mostly it was because I kept hoping there would be more Martin Landau. This movie begins and ends beautifully thanks to him, but everything in between is mundane and depressing. If I wanted to watch people fight for an hour and a half, I'd go sit at the mall. This is awful.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

Nothing is allowed to build, so there is no tension or surprise left for the film's climax, resulting in a reductively pulpy rehash of 20th century American drama.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

a story about four brothers how one night will change all there lives.if you love gale harold it is a must see. :)

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