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Awake (2007)

Terrence Howard , Fisher Stevens , Joby Harold  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terrence Howard, Fisher Stevens, Arliss Howard, Hayden Christensen, Sam Robards
  • Directors: Joby Harold
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X740A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Awake" on IMDb

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AWAKE is a sexy, psychological thriller about a common occurrence called "anesthetic awareness" a horrifying phenomenon wherein a patient's failed anesthesia leaves him fully conscious but physically paralyzed during surgery. The patient's charming new wife is forced to struggle with her own demons as a terrifying drama unfolds around the couple.

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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for a surprisingly interesting film. March 10, 2008
Format:DVD
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.

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.

Hits:

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "AWAKE" MOVIE REVIEW March 18, 2008
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Awake March 8, 2010
Format:DVD
The twenty-two year old Clay Beresford is a genius of finance secretly in love of his mother's secretary Sam Lockwood. Clay has a complex, expecting recognition from his mother Lilith Beresford that he is as capable as his father was, and he needs heart transplantation. When Clay finds a donor compatible with his rare blood, he requests his friend Dr. Jack Harper operate him under the protest of his mother that wants the famous Dr. Jonathan Neyer responsible for the procedure. On the eve of his heart surgery, Clay marries Sam and during the surgery, he experiences an "anesthetic awareness" that leaves his conscious but paralyzed. Clay witnesses the dialogs in the room and discovers dark secrets about his surgery. This movie is short and yet still does a pretty good job developing the characters. There are several twists and turns in this movie and some easy to see coming, others surprising, and some not necessary. But you should appreciate the attempt whether or not you saw it coming. Terrence Howard is always good, Jessica Alba actually turns in a very decent performance, and Hayden Christensen is Annakin Skywalker as a billionaire. Go into this with an open mind and not trying to figure out every little twist and turn, and you,ve got yourself a very nice little thriller on your hands. Check this out if you can, it is a good thriller and deserves a look. I'm sure some will be disappointed and some will not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Preposterous Entertainment March 25, 2008
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Watch It
Just jump into the movie and watch it. To give any clue about this movie beyond the movie summary provided already would be to ruin it.
Published 3 days ago by Noon At Midnight
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This movie was actually awesome! i loved the plot twists and the way that none of the characters were who you perceived them to be. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Choozy
4.0 out of 5 stars almost asleep before watching
All around good movie, no complaints, sure isn't a bedtime story though. One thing strikes me as ludicrous, but movie is good enough to overlook. Read more
Published 13 days ago by craig
3.0 out of 5 stars fake you out movie.
the movie was very good.i did not see that coming.it had you thinging he had a good woman,a doctors on his side.but it was not like that.GOOD MOVIE!
Published 20 days ago by nathanielmoore
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Silly premise. Lost interest and started doing other things. I would not recommend this movie to anyone. I think these actors were hungry and needed some money.
Published 22 days ago by Christopher quill
5.0 out of 5 stars dark movie keeps you guessing
This movie is dak in tone, but one of my favorites. Great character studies and some serious twists and turns to keep you guessing about what exactly is REALLY going on.
Published 22 days ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars awake
I didn't care for it the story line is sad and manipulative and it would be bad if that happen in.real life.
Published 1 month ago by christine carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I like the movie jessica alba is a great actress....
Yes, I told a friend to wake this movie.
I have watched this movie twice.
Published 1 month ago by Lorita Loney
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba did for this movie what Jane Fonda did for Monster in Law and I Didn't think that was possible. but she did it with a smile and bells on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles D. Hedgecock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie liked it a lot until the ending. It was kinda a weak ending. I would recommend it to a friend
Published 1 month ago by Luke Anthony Luchini
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