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Awake

3.9 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Awake is a 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. (The Weinstein Company)

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  • Actors: Terrence Howard, Fisher Stevens, Arliss Howard, Hayden Christensen, Sam Robards
  • Directors: Joby Harold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X740A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Awake" on IMDb

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By Steven Hedge on 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.
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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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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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This movie stars Hayden Christiansen, Jessica Alba and Terrence Howard. Essentially it is a murder mystery with one twist. The movie starts with how many people undergo surgery with anesthesia each year in the US, and how many have the fairly rare but very unpleasant complication of being “awake” (or at least partially conscious), yet paralyzed during the surgery. Sounds rather like a horror movie, doesn’t it?

From there it turns more conventional. Christiansen is the young her to an extremely large fortune, owning “half of Manhattan’s real-estate”, so think of the heir to someone like Donald Trump crossed with Rupert Murdoch or something. His character’s name is “Clay Beresford”. His dad had an accidental death in his prime and now the heirs to the estate are only Clay and his mother Lilith, played by Lena Olin-- until his gorgeous girlfriend Samantha (Jessica Alba) comes into the picture. He just knows his mother will disapprove and has been avoiding telling her, but they impulsively marry one evening. Besides the usual “mother-in-law” syndrome, mother might feel she’s unsuitable or even a gold-digger since she started out her assistant before becoming his girlfriend. We also learn that he’s in negotiation with a large Japanese corporation, rumored to have links to Yakuza, to purchase one of their assets.

Oh how could we forget to mention he has “cardiomyopathy” and even had an MI and bypass surgery a year or 2 ago? And his young black surgeon Jack Harper (Terrence Howard) has him on the transfer list as he needs a heart transplant or his life expectancy is quite limited.
Later in the night after his marriage, his special pager goes off: a donor heart is available.
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This is a great movie. I always wanted to watch it. I didn't get a chance in tell I received it a few weeks ago. I watched it yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be hard to watch with fear of being under. But it's not about that.
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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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