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Awake [Blu-ray] (2007)

Hayden Christensen , Terrance Howard  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Terrance Howard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Hausa
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sexy and suspenseful, Awake turns the disturbingly real phenomenon of "anesthetic awareness" -- in which surgery patients, though completely paralyzed, are conscious of everything they are experiencing, including the pain -- into a "completely absorbing" thriller (Roger Ebert). When failed anesthesia leaves a rich young tycoon (Hayden Christensen, Star Wars) alert but immobilized during open-heart surgery, he overhears a devious plot to have himself killed. Co-starring Jessica Alba (Sin City) and Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (Crash), Awake does "for operations what Jaws did for the beach" (Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "AWAKE" MOVIE REVIEW March 18, 2008
Predictable. I really can't get too excited about this movie. Now anything with Jessica Alba is a "man treat" but this one really was just
average. All in all interesting and ok to watch but don't expect to be wide awake at the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for a surprisingly interesting film. March 10, 2008
Better than I had expected, but certainly not top-notch entertainment.

"Awake" is not an wholly original idea as Stephen King explored this idea in one of his short stories in which a person is mistakenly believed to be dead and is about to undergo his own autopsy. Here someone undergoes surgery while still awake and learns who his friends really are and aren't. Read the synopsis by Amazon as they did a very good and fair job. I'm going to take the real lazy way out this time and just go to my hits and misses.


1. Too slow at points. There is a lot of exposition (with good reason), but it is still a lot of exposition.
2. The acting is not consistent. Some are terrific and others are flat.
3. So many plot twists that one just can't give this film the "willing suspension of disbelief" that it needs.
4. It moves from romance to health crisis, to scientific wonders, to absolute fantasy. It attempts to cover too many genres. That whole out of body sequence is clever, but just way out of place in this film. It's like Brian's Song meets What Dreams May Come.


1. While not completely original (Sublime had many elements here), it is in it's own way. It is a very interesting film and it does have a few very good surprises.
2. Jessica Alba is finally in a role that isn't so cutesy. I thought she way quite convincing in her role.
3. Hayden Christensen is better than usual, but that may not be too big of a compliment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rude Awakening June 17, 2008
I have read the reviews and I just am bombarded with negativity once again. The casting is a strong factor and adds great depth to the film. The acting was top notch and the chill factor is over the top. There were no real complaints with the film at all. It is a brilliant film using a unexplored area of medicine and it is damn right creepy. Unlike most films of this genre this has a brilliant ending and justifies itself. The twists are truly amazing and really smart. These reviews are just unfair I mean did they even watch it? There are others films that just suck and this is not one of them. Watch it. You will stay awake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 18, 2008
I won't get into all the details about the plot as many who have posted already have, but I found this movie interesting from beginning to end. I didn't find there to be many 'slow' points as it was all to me just the telling of the story, and what a story! Hayden was incredible in this role, excellent acting on his part. It was also nice to finally see Jessica Alba in a role somewhat different than her others have been. To me, I thought this was a well done movie, twists and all..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous Entertainment March 25, 2008
Awake, the new thriller by first-time director Joby Harold, takes off from a grisly real-life phenomenon called "anesthetic awareness." This is when patients are unaccountably left fully conscious--and physically paralyzed--during surgery, and Harold (who also wrote the script) has spun a preposterously entertaining yarn from this grisly germ of an idea, and manages to hold us in a vice-like grip for pretty much the entire film. How often can you say of a Hollywood thriller that you don't have a clue what's going to happen next? Awake is brazenly indifferent to plausibility, but you can't help but admire the film's audacity. Along with fantastic plot twists, Harold throws Hitchcockian flourishes and elements of Greek tragedy into the mix like a crazed chef. In lesser hands, Awake would have been a tawdry melodrama, but Harold believes in his material so fervently (in a way a more seasoned professional never could) that the film works on several levels at once. Ingenious as it is, it's not mechanical--it has soul.

Harold brings such energy and focus to the scenes that he transcends the subject matter and gives it an almost surreal intensity, and the performances are strong enough to keep the film's nuttiness from capsizing it. Jessica Alba is suitably luscious and beguiling (her role gives new meaning to the term "heartbreaker"), and Lena Olin and Terence Howard are both in fine form. As the unfortunate victim of anesthetic awareness, Hayden Christensen comes into his own as a performer (having mercifully managed to escape the Mark Hammil curse: that of being horribly miscast by George Lucas).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot device without direction March 18, 2008
AWAKE was about a young multi-millionaire/industrialist/philanthropist who wakes up during heart surgery but is unable to move or speak and therefore the medical staff don't know that he can hear and feel what is going on. This is pretty horrific stuff by my standards and he feels the agony for - Oh, ten seconds or so. What? They could have just left him asleep on the table and have him dream of the clues so he could actually wake up, knowing what happened. Had he been asleep through the surgery, the outcome would have been exactly the same, so the fact that he woke up despite the anesthetic meant exactly zero to the final result. This was for sure a watchable movie and it was fairly entertaining. I guess if you can forgive the multiple huge plot holes you can enjoy it. I actually did, but it was pretty unsatisfying. I don't believe I will comment on the acting in this one. There was just too much going against it for the actors to really rise above the script. The film is short (85 minutes or so), so go ahead and rent it if you must but don't buy it. This is a film that just forgot what the central idea was or had a great idea and didn't know what to do with it.
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