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Awake [Import]

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: Joby Harold
  • Writers: Joby Harold
  • Producers: Fisher Stevens, Amy J. Kaufman, Bob Weinstein, Donny Deutsch, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • Release Date: March 4 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0010X740A
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Format: DVD
Good movie... Creepy that he's 'awake' during surgery and there are some cool plot twists! Would recommend to anyone who likes these kind of movies.
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Item arrived in a timely manor and is exactly as I expected it.
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Imaginez que vous êtes paralysé, que l'on est en train de comploter votre mort, que vous entendez tout, absolument tout et commencez à comprendre toutes les erreurs que vous avez faites... que l'on vous a manipulé depuis des mois, que tout était orchestré depuis le début et que si vous en êtes rendu là c'est un peu à cause de votre coeur... un peu beaucoup même et 2 fois plutôt qu'une !

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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In real life, there's something called "anesthetic awareness" which apparently is a condition in which you are awake during surgery, but paralyzed. You can feel and hear everything, but you can't scream or move. This is the basis for this unrealistic movie that wastes a perfectly good plot by stretching it too far.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

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.

Amanda Richards
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa58a98e8) out of 5 stars 212 reviews
32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5138438) out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for a surprisingly interesting film. March 10 2008
By Steven Hedge - Published on Amazon.com
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.


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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5138510) out of 5 stars Rude Awakening June 17 2008
By Vicente Rodriguez Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Heather M. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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..
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5138d8c) out of 5 stars "AWAKE" MOVIE REVIEW March 18 2008
By Michael Elliano - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5138e70) out of 5 stars Preposterous Entertainment March 25 2008
By Jasun Horsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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). 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.