Sci-fi drama with Benedict Cumberbatch shows a world without sleep

Sci-fi drama with Benedict Cumberbatch shows a world without sleep

Endless days, no sleep, and infinite productivity: The sci-fi film "Morning" with Benedict Cumberbatch shows what a world without rest could look like.

In the world of the sci-fi film "Morning" there is no sleep. Thanks to a new kind of pill, people are almost infinitely productive; they no longer need to rest. Night has also been eradicated: an artificial sun provides continuous daylight.

Will a world without sleep lead to infinite productivity?

Ambitious Cathy is an early advocate of this sleepless world. It's not until her husband Frank dies that she and her son Danny realize the restless life around them is slowly crumbling. Memories she has long repressed now seek their way into reality. Meanwhile, Danny is sucked further and further into a subversive dream world. In order not to lose her son, Cathy must confront the nightmares.

Morning paints a dystopia of an artificially optimized meritocracy and raises some interesting questions: How quickly would innovations and technologies like artificial intelligence and robots advance if humans didn't need rest? What significance do sleep, dreams, and emotions have for human existence? Is progress even possible if no one dreams anymore?

According to co-producer Adam Ackland, in Morning, "you can expect a joyful, thoughtful and defiant story about a reality not so far removed from our own." He says society's pursuit of productivity has destroyed its ability to connect, grieve and love.

Celebrity cast with Oscar flair

In addition to the fascinating premise of an infinitely productive society, the sci-fi drama stands out for its prominently cast. Laura Dern plays the role of Cathy, who mourns the death of her husband Frank, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.


Things are going well for Cumberbatch and Dern at the moment. Dern won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress last year and will soon enter the world of dinosaurs once again in Jurassic World: Dominion.

Benedict Cumberbatch is on the verge of an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the Netflix film The Power of the Dog. He is currently active in his role as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and can be seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In May, he will be seen in the sequel to his main film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Both Dern and Cumberbatch serve as executive producers in Morning. The sci-fi drama doesn't have a release date yet, but sci-fi fans should put it on their watch list.

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Sources: Deadline