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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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Un film qui débute tranquillement, le temps que l'on nous embarque dans l'histoire, que l'on nous endorme tranquillement nous aussi et que l'on tombe sous le charme des différents frelons de cette histoire... On ne voie pas venir plusieurs aspects, je croyais pas que l'on pouvait aussi bien organiser une telle trahison, là on ne parle pas de quelques petits mensonges durant un court laps de temps mais bel et bien d'un très gros complot organisé sur plus d'un an... il faut vraiment ne pas avoir de conscience pour réussir à s'endormir chaque soir avec cela en tête...
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1. Clay Beresford (Hayden Christensen) is 22, rich, successful, and scared of his mommy
2. He's got a heart condition, which I'm guessing is made worse by the fact that he's secretly engaged to the beautiful Sam Lockwood (Jessica Alba)
3. There's more chemistry between Clay and his mother, than between Christensen and Alba
4. His name finally comes up on the heart waitlist, and he chooses his friend Dr. Harper (Terrence Howard) to perform the operation.
5. The Doc advises him to put his affairs in order, which he does
6. Mommy isn't pleased
7. Christensen displays less emotion than Darth Vader, even when he's not in surgery.
8. No prizes for guessing that a goof up leads to him experiencing anesthetic awareness
9. Movie moves from "science" to "ridiculous"
10. Plot with many twists unfolds, and these are quite good if you can ignore the ridiculous parts of the movie.
In summary, the ending of this movie has a few good moments, but these are largely eclipsed by an unbelievable plot, and some lackluster acting.
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"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.
4. Terrance Howard and Arliss Howard are always a pleasure to see, even if they are phoning in their performances for a quick paycheck.
5. This film is a short 84 minutes, so even if it isn't all you wanted or expected, it is short.
6. bloopers are hysterically funny.
I got a mild kick out of this film. I wouldn't recommend anyone to actually go see this in the theaters, but it's a good rental film.
average. All in all interesting and ok to watch but don't expect to be wide awake at the end.
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). Christensen has an unusually expressive face (the camera takes to him), and he can convey emotion without ever appearing to do much--fortunately, because the film hinges around his internal struggle, and on our feelings of empathy for him.
Awake is a white-knuckle movie experience if ever there was one (it even carries a viewer warning), with some of the most sheerly visceral scenes of horror ever committed to celluloid. Watching someone undergoing open-heart surgery while fully conscious (and able to feel the incision) is enough to frazzle the nerves of the most hardened horror veterans, and this film is certainly not for the squeamish. Too bad the loopy plot (and the melodramatic character revelations, which are really just tired genre conventions) finally stretches our credibility to breaking point. As a result, Awake lacks a strong climax, and as a rollercoaster ride it doesn't have enough emotional depth to be fully satisfying (its shallowness is at odds with its rather contrived attempts at pathos). But for most of its length it's close to a pop classic, and probably the best metaphysical thriller since The Sixth Sense (a film I didn't much care for). In fact, Harold better watch out or he may wind up as the next M. Night Shyamalan. Awake has so many twists it makes you dizzy.