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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 12.15.08] movie news scifi thriller

From the Canadian producers of the zomedy FIDO and the upcoming eco-thriller The Thaw comes Falling Awake, a five-minutes-in-the-future tale about a world where a designer drug called "The Switch" makes it so you never have to loose precious hours sleeping. I'd read about Falling Awake a while back but now that there's a new poster and this lengthy synopsis I figured I'd start keeping an eye on ths film's progress.

The near future. A radical new drug has eliminated the need for sleep. Those who can afford “The Switch” enjoy all the benefits of a 24/7 lifestyle. But Allison, a researcher for the pharmaceutical giant that created the drug, leads a conflicted life as a "Sombie" - one of the cautious few who have yet to take it. And her “mixed marriage” with Greg, an early adopter of the switch, is starting to show the strain.

All that pales when Greg mysteriously vanishes, leaving clues that he may have left her for another woman. Instead, Allison's search for her husband leads her to the alarming discovery that her employer has kidnapped him to cover up a devastating side effect of the Switch. Now it's only a matter of time before the symptoms begin to surface in the billions who have taken the drug. The 24/7 world is about to come to a screeching halt, and Allison's fight for her husband’s life becomes a desperate struggle to save humanity.

Sounds interesting at any rate. It would be cool if they made the world a sort of faux cyberpunk Jeff Noon's VURT kind of feel. We'll be sure to stay in top of this one.

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