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Awake [DVD] (2007)

Hayden Christensen , Jessica Alba , Joby Harrold    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin, Arliss Howard
  • Directors: Joby Harrold
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018SHUCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Now here’s an intriguing premise for a horror-thriller. What if you were entirely aware of what was happening mid-operation, when you were supposed to be under anaesthetic? That’s just what happens to Hayden Christensen in Awake, a tidy, intriguing little film that makes a few interesting choices as its storyline evolves.

Christensen plays Clay Beresford, born into a rich family and dating a woman that he hides from his mother. He also is in need of heart surgery, and as he heads in for his operation, he gradually seems to be tying his life together. But there’s more to Awake than that, and writer-director Joby Harold’s screenplay throws in a couple of fairly obvious rug-pulls, although it’s still decent fun spotting them nonetheless.

What’s surprising about Awake is that it’s less interested in its central concept than perhaps it should be. It also hinges a too-challenging role on the shoulders of Jessica Alba, although supporting players such as Terence Howard, Lena Olin and Fisher Stevens do carry some of the weight.

With a concise and to-the-point sub-90 minute running time, Awake knows not to outstay its welcome, and generally delivers an entertaining, if ultimately shallow night in front of the box. There was, however, potential here for a more interesting movie than the one we got. --Jon Foster

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Medical thriller starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba. 22-year old Clay Beresford (Christensen) has a successful career with a capital investment firm and a beautiful fiancee named Sam (Alba). His life would be perfect but for the heart condition that requires him to have a transplant, and the fact that he has to hide his engagement from his mother, Lilith (Lena Olin), because Sam is her personal assistant. His friend, Dr. Jack Harper (Terrence Howard), is scheduled to perform the operation but Clay's family thinks he should go to a better clinic with a more experienced surgeon. After a row with Lilith over his relationship with Sam, Clay asks Dr. Harper to arrange a quick wedding. After marrying in a church at midnight, Clay goes to the hospital for his operation. However, after being given the anaesthetic, Clay finds that he's still awake and aware, but completely paralysed. While seemingly under, he discovers a plot to end his young life, but how is he to supposed stop it?

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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my word... 4 Oct 2009
I was going to right a ridiculously bad review of this film which i just watched on dvd... but i see many others have left amazingly bad reviews, so i leave it too them to tell you the truth... I'll just add this though.. Biggest waste of my money on a dvd... EVER!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awake 6 Jun 2014
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Interesting story exploring what it might be like if you have an operation, but they don't get you off to sleep properly - you are paralised, but can stil feel pain. Avoid if you have such an adventure planned ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow but watchable 8 May 2014
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Awake' appears to be one of those movies that people generally seemed to love or hate, but I'm somewhat in the middle, it's not great but not all bad.

Sure, 'Awake' notably is very slow in parts, I was tempted to fast forward at least three times (insert the obvious joke here), and it is confusing in parts, but don't give up on it. I would recommend that watch it at least twice if you can, and you may then understand it better and notice things you hadn't the first time around.

I believe the storyline is quite original, I certainly haven't seen one like it. Focusing on a young man called Clay (Hayden Christensen) who suffers "anesthetic awareness". During heart surgery, he finds himself awake and aware of all what is going on around him, but he's paralyzed. I can't even begin contemplate what the situation must be like, to be alert that people are trying to kill you, but your unable to say or do anything about it. Clay's troubled mother Lilith (Lena Olin) is also trying to battle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them. At the same time, she must also attempt to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.

The plot sounds interesting enough, but isn't as engaging as you'd think it would be screen, and the phrase - 'could have been done better' springs the mind. Nevertheless, you could do a lot worse than spent just over eighty minutes watching 'Awake'. It has it's moments, a story of loyalty, trust and betrayal, consistently good acting, and a moving ending. In short, it isn't a bad pick up from the bargain bins.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a waste 18 Mar 2014
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I was looking forward to watching this film, but got tired of it after the first 30 minutes. The storyline was good but I felt there was so much more that could have been done to make this film great.
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By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
A somewhat unusual and cleverly contained script sees our hero, heir to a considerable fortune, preparing to undergo heart surgery. The script offers bags of suspense and intrigue as the failings, betrayals and motivations of the people around him begin to present themselves. Hayden Christensen displays some leading man gravitas often absent from his other projects and we're with him all the way as events conspire against him. Our hero has a dark backstory, and a beautiful wife whom he's kept secret from his doting mother, he's loyal to his close friends, one of whom will carry out the surgical procedure. Tension mounts as he's wheeled into surgery and his fate hangs in the balance; the crux of which hinges on a brilliant cameo performance by Christopher Mcdonald as the last minute replacement anesthetist who stays sober just long enough to smell a rat!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I struggled to keep awake 16 July 2012
B-Movie length thriller/supernatural feature written and directed by Joby Harold and starring Hayden Christiansen as Clay Beresford a heir to a family fortune in need of a new heart, Jessica Alba as his mothers secretary and secret girlfriend/wife, Lena Olin as his protective mother and actor/singer Terrance Howard as Clayton's friend and heart surgeon . Awake during his heart operation he overhears a plot to end his life as he has remained conscious during the procedure. Later as Clay suffers a cardiac arrest he walks as a ghost among the living in the hospital. So far so ridiculous but it's definitely not the worst film you'll see. Unfortunately though, the twists are signposted a mile off and nothing is particularly surprising. The performances are okay, Christiansen is suitably bland as Clayton Beresford, Alba decorative and sexy, Olin waspish and controlling . With good support from Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket) as the untrustworthy surgeon and red herring. And the moral of the story - always listen to your mother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awake - DVD 14 July 2012
By Chloe
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When I watched the trailer for this, I thought it looked really good. However, the trailer seems very different to the film unless if I just interpreted it differently. Despite it being a little bit of a let down, I think some of the reviews are a little unfair! It was slow at times but it does have a lot of good parts!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..GREAT THRILLER.." 23 April 2012
I completely underestimated this movie when it was first released, i was not impressed by the trailer much, but having now watched it i change my opinions, this is without a doubt a great thriller, excellent acting from all the cast, and a very gripping story, there is a great running twist in the film which will be to some people maybe a little predictable, but its great to see how it plays out until the end! Worth a watch without doubt.
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