Successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Cranston) has taken a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his garage, surviving by scavenging at night, he secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children. But soon, he realizes that he has not left his family … he has left himself. Also starring Jason O’ Mara and Beverly D’Angelo, Wakefield is “one to definitely seek out”, (The Hollywood News).
This is a one man show for Bryan Cranston, starring Jennifer Gardner’s sideboob. Much like other movies that are primarily one person (Buried is the first to come to mind), the entire movie hinges on the abilities of the primary star, which in this case are fantastically and readily apparent. The entire concept is one that most people are familiar with and have likely played around with in their heads: What if we just gave up on our lives and went somewhere else? Only in this case, he didn’t go anywhere, he just lived in the detached garage watching his family move on.
The ultimate resolution left me feeling weird, but honestly I feel like what would happen in the 30 seconds after the final scene would be perfect content for another full movie and I’m happy to leave it where they left it.
It’s great fodder for discussion at least, so if you’ve seen Wakefield, how do you feel about his decision to detach, and how do you feel about that final scene?