Say what you will about the latter-day films of Terrence Malick, dude still knows how to create some gorgeous images. The director’s visual style is practically a trademark at this point, and it’s not a surprise that some of the films Malick puts his name on as a producer (“The Better Angels,” “The Vessel“) look like they could’ve been directed by the man himself. So it goes with the documentary “Awaken.”
The documentary is actually from filmmaker Tom Lowe and was shot over a 5-year period in more than 30 countries, using time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography techniques. The result is genuinely pretty stunning, even if the music by M83 (the all too familiar by this point, “Outro”) is on the nose. “Awaken” explores the intersection of technology, humanity, and the natural world, but, even if you didn’t know that, you’d be watching this for all the breathtaking imagery, which doesn’t look all that far removed from something Malick would shoot.
No word yet when “Awaken” opens, but keep an eye out for it.