Wakefield is a film about a man (Bryan Cranston) who abandons his family. The protagonist explores the issues of abandonment as well as other social problems.
Most people know Cranston from Breaking Bad (and those of us of a certain age, Malcolm in the Middle) and his character here is similar in that he’s really very unlikable, yet still fascinating to watch.
Wakefield (Cranston’s character) moves into the upstairs of his huge garage without his family knowing, and begins to spy on them. He starts to enjoy his new lifestyle, foraging for food in the neighbors’ bins and getting back to basics.
He goes from big-shot city man to homeless (ish) down and out. Wakefield sees the appeal of being unreachable by anyone, yet he’s still able to check up on those he cares about.