Siblings Toni (Fabian Castro) and Emma (Julia Hernandez) work together running a riding school with the help of foreman Ramon (Richie Ormon). Toni is very relaxed when it comes to carrying out his responsibilities, instead opting to bring a parade of hot gay men into his bed. The arrival of Ramon’s son Aaron (Christian Blanch) turns the heads of both Toni and Emma causing friction between the two. Ramon turns down Emma’s advances and embarks on a flirtatious pursuit of Toni under the disapproving eye of his homophobic father.
I’ll say right at the start of the review that if you’re looking for high production values then Wild Awakening probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea. The film can be best described as a guilty pleasure with the tone and subtly of a telenovela. If you can get past the cheesy music and the questionable direction choices of Joan Fermi Marti, there is actually a half decent film here.
Wild Awakening hardly tells an original story but it still manages to hook your interest and keep it for the duration. The opening moments establish a mystery and the rest of the film jumps back in time to unravel it. I’m surprised to say that the ending threw a curveball that I wasn’t expecting and I fully thought I knew exactly how the film was going to progress and loop back to the opening moments.
Sex mad, relationship-phobe Toni is by far the film’s most interesting character and it’s not just because of model/actor Fabian Castro’s stunning good looks (although that definitely helps). Castro plays the role with loveable naughtiness and he really allows Toni to revel in his forbidden relationship with Aaron, knowing full well that he’s upsetting his sister Emma in the process. There’s also a few gratuitous naked shots of Castro (and also Blanch) that definitely help with the enjoyment of the movie.
Elsewhere the acting is fairly inconsequential. Nobody other than Castro particularly stands out but that’s not to say they’re bad. The characters are very under-written so there’s not a whole lot for the actors to sink their teeth into. There are some bizarre, but enjoyable moments, such as Aaron stripping naked in the middle of the night to brush a horse (as you do) and Toni’s ex-boyfriend hooking up at the stables with a random in an act of revenge sex.
Wild Awakening is out to give you a cheap thrill and it succeeds in doing so. By the time the credits roll you’ll feel like you enjoyed it a whole lot more than you ought to and I bet you’ll be straight onto Instagram stalking Castro (or is that just me?). Wild Awakening isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel and it succeeds in being a frothy, sexy and very guilty pleasure that you’ll wind up watching a few times, if only to see the gorgeous half naked men that take up most of the screen time.
Cast: Fabian Castro, Christian Blanch, Julia Hernandez, Richie Ormon Director: Joan Fermi Marti Writer: Joan Fermi Marti Certificate: 18 Duration: 105 mins Released By: TLA Releasing Release Date: 29th May 2017