Falling Awake (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Falling Awake (2009)



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A struggling Bronx musician falls for a pretty girl from Brooklyn while working to launch his career and exceed his father's expectations. Jay (Andrew Cisneros) is a gifted performer from a tough Bronx neighborhood. He's performing on the streets when he meets Alessandra (Jenna Dewan), a Brooklyn muse who encourages him to pursue his dreams at all costs. But in the eyes of Jay's angry, resentful father, the young musician will never get out from under the shadow of his older brother, a Marine who has recently returned home from active duty. Trapped in a vicious self-destructive cycle of violence and anger, Jay must summon the courage to stand up to his enemies, and take those first uncertain steps toward the life he's always wanted.

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Jenna Dewan
as Alessandra
Will Ramirez
as Big Will
Kareem Savinon
as Papo's Thug
Mateo Gomez
as Street Preacher
Angela Lin
as Chinese Restaurant Girl
Jackson Ning
as Chinese Restaurant Cook
Ze Luis
as Nightclub Musician
Ariel de la Portilla
as Nightclub Musician
Kenny Grohowski
as Nightclub Musician
Richard Pardon
as Nightclub Musician
Dende Marivaldo
as Nightclub Musician
Theo Kogan
as Bartender
Robert Gerard Larkin
as Police Officer 1
David Douglas
as Police Officer 2
Marta Vidal
as Mafi's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Falling Awake

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Puts good intentions and appealing performances into the balance against cliches of dead-end neighborhoods and rebellious (but sensitive) youth.

February 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

Cisneros is an appealing actor, but he and Falling Awake get buried under a welter of clichés.

February 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Playing smarter and smoother than the plot, Cisneros uncorks an antimacho performance that deviates from type.

February 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One-named Cuban-born director Agustin's unrewarding middlebrow drama flaunts its street cred dubiously.

February 2, 2010 | Full Review…

Casts a collection of illustrious no-names in a fatuous gangland epic of multicultural tensions between blacks and Puerto Ricans.

January 25, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

...an affable (yet thoroughly uneven) piece of work...

March 3, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Falling Awake

I was very pleasantly surprised by this movie. Decided to watch it on a whim to see an actor I'm a fan of (Nicholas Gonzales) and though he ended up having a much smaller role than I anticipated, I quickly became consumed by the more prominent characters and their stories. I think the dialogue was the best part of this film. My one complaint sometimes about independent film is that the dialogue feels scripted. With this film, it felt natural, off the cuff, witty, funny. I loved just listening to the conversations between the main character and his friends. This movie is funny, but its also bleak and gritty and sad, but also well done and..diverse..for lack of a better word? The main character could've easily been your stereotypical Puerto Rican 20-something from the Bronx but in this film there's more to him than street ball, his rapper homeboy and his "big brother" from the wrong side of the tracks. The music he loves is diverse, the films and cultures that fascinate him are diverse. I liked that this character wasn't one-note, how the viewer gets to see a new side to him when the situation changers. I'm gonna keep my eye out for more of Augustin's work.

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

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