- X 2019
A Perfect Vacation
Natalie Burn, Scott Martin, Michael Thomas Slifkin for FPTL Productions, 7Heaven Productions, Archstone Pictures
directed by Mark Atkins
starring Natalie Burn, Michael Copon, Jason London, Robert Davi, David Keith, Edward Furlong, Daryl Hannah, Vinnie Jones, Michael Paré, Christa Campbell, Daz Crawford, Augie Duke, Philip Tan, Malgorzata Baclawska, Benny Nieves, Benny Urquidez, James Young, Mykayla Sohn, Jeremy Timmins, Katrin Assi, Adrienne McQueen, Philip Coc, Brent Toombs, Tom Hitchcock
story by Mark Atkins, Natalie Burn, Scott Martin, Ryan Priest, Michael Thomas Slifkin, screenplay by Ryan Priest, Mark Atkins, music by Kays Al-Atrakchi, Brian Ralston, stunt coordinator: Philip Tan
All Billie (Natalie Burn) wanted was to track down her sister (Christa
Campbell), who has gone of the track somewhen, and she figured herself
tough-as-nails enough to do so after having been trained by her father
(Benny Urquidez) for years ... and all of a sudden she wakes up on a
tropical island with no memory of how she got there, her first sight is a
girl (Katrin Assi) being hunt down by soldiers, and then she is whisked
away by what - for lack of a better term - seem to be the good guys.
Apparently there is a group of people, led by Quentin (Robert Davi), who
have been stranded here, but none of them know how they got here, and all
they know is every few days one of them is snatched by the soldiers and
taken off the island, probably to a fate even worse ...
elder statesman of the island, is all about not challenging fate too much
and instead giving those with him a relatively safe haven, but Billie has
never been one relying on fate alone, so she gathers a small group and
they build a raft and make it to the next island ... where the soldiers
inexplicably are waiting for them, knock them out - and take them back to
their original island ...
Thing is, there's a reason to all of this, a
"businessman", Rich (Jason London), has found a new lucrative
branch of business, keeping himself a host of captives with rare blood
groups on an island on a healthy diet of fruits with none of them knowing
what's happening, and every time some amazingly righ person needs an organ
of a specific blood group ... well, here you go.
Problem is, with Mao
(Daryl Hannah), his latest client, he has taken a bigger bite than he
could chew on, as she has brought her own militia to see that everything
goes right with the surgery of her daugher (Mykayla Sohn), but the girl
might be too far gone to be saved. And just about that time, Billie and
her two closest allies (Michael Copon, Daz Crawford) have finally made it
off the island and tracked down the source of all their torment's to
Rich's mansion - in other words, everything's set for a (very) explosive
In essence, Awaken is just a really
cool horror-action blend that's done just right: It's extremely well
paced, with plenty of fights and shootouts and whatnots throughout, it has
all its scary bits at exactly the right spots, it's very well structured
so it gives away its story only by the by, and despite relying heavily on
action, the film does respect the intelligence of its audience and spins a
complex yarn. And Natalie Burn really does give a powerful central
performance, framed by a great ensemble cast, quite a few rather well
known not only in the genre.
Totally worth a look!!!