To throw a hypothetical : X is convicted for armed robbery, serves time, gets out, goes on a date, it goes well, they have sex. Is it rape because he didn't tell her he's a felon?
The movie rises it to a different and far more uncomfortable level here, in that Chris Pratt's character is the one responsible for her being awake early and keeps that information secret, which is its own different bar.
But if you remove that one detail - that he woke her up - what then? For example, is it rape in Groundhog Day because Bill Murray's character knows the exact things to say to make Andie MacDowell's fall in love with him? He has information she doesn't, and isn't telling her, that he's lived this same day for a very, very long time. And understandably he's not telling her because hey, we'd think someone is crazy if they said they were caught in a time loop, but information asymmetry still exists there.
The difference is he's not responsible for the Groundhog Day loop, of course, but the rest of the situation could easily be held as a parallel.
The best case I can see for the rape argument is that 'She would not have given consent had she known he woke her up', but that's where the aforementioned 'X would not consent if they knew Y was an ex-con' comes into play. It's not a cut-and-dry black and white scenario at play here, and at least as the movie presents it, it's complicated by 'Main character is stuck in a life in prison in solitary confinement' scenario, where like...I don't want to defend or say anything there was right, particularly as I haven't seen the film yet, but I can understand if not agree with how people would cross boundaries in extraordinary circumstances like perpetual isolation. That doesn't make it not super creepy and wrong to inflict on someone else, at the same time.
Of course, since it's Sci-Fi, the film as written isn't really a scenario that can come to pass in the real world, so there's that too.
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