The Awakening (2006)
--Review by Nic Brown
What would you do to save someone you love? In the independent sci-fi film The Awakening that’s the question facing Dr. David Andrade (Mike Conway) when his wife Lara (Tamra Ericson Frame) is dying of bone and pancreatic cancer. The prognosis is that she has 6 months to live and no chance even with chemotherapy. Of course David isn’t any normal doctor, he’s actually a scientist working on a secret government project, and his experiments may be able to save Lara. David sneaks Lara onto the base and gives her the treatment he’s been developing and by the next day Lara is completely cured of her cancer.
Lara’s miraculous recovery was not the only result of David’s experimental treatment. Within days of returning home Lara begins to develop superhuman powers. Her bone and skin density increase making her immune to most forms of harm. Lara also becomes superhumanly strong and her senses become more acute. This all seems wonderful to Lara, but David is worried. He realizes that as she grows stronger and more powerful, Lara is also becoming more and more unstable. Her efforts to use her powers for good result in her killing criminals and even the police when they try to interfere.
Even as David realizes he must stop Lara he learns there is another threat he must face. A shadow agency within the government has learned about Lara and wants her, and David’s treatment for their own purposes. Now David teams up with the commander of the base (Timothy S. Daley) in a last ditch effort to save Lara and put an end to his own research before it falls into the wrong hands.