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Awake

  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Joby Harold
  • 80 mins
  • 15

Summary

A man undergoing heart surgery regains consciousness during the operation, but remains paralysed and is unable to alert the doctors to his suffering. The pain pushes him into an alarming out-of-body experience, during which he discovers someone is planning to murder him. Thriller, starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba and Terrence Howard.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A heart transplant operation turns into a real nightmare for Hayden Christensen in this botched medical thriller. Debut writer/director Joby Harold's movie begins in daytime soap opera territory, as wealthy businessman Clayton Beresford (Christensen) tries to hide his relationship with Sam (Jessica Alba) from his controlling mother (Lena Olin). But when he's called in for life-saving heart surgery, events in the operating room don't go according to plan. Or do they? Harold attempts to circumvent his lead character's passive predicament by showing Clayton apparently stepping out of his own body, but that ploy is undermined by Christensen's lethargic performance. Terrence Howard provides the only spark of interest as the chief surgeon, but beyond the visceral impact of scalpel breaking skin, there is little here to get the adrenaline pumping.

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Credits

Cast

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Clayton Beresford JrHayden Christensen
Sam LockwoodJessica Alba
Lilith BeresfordLena Olin
Dr Jack HarperTerrence Howard
Dr Larry LupinChristopher McDonald
Dr PuttnamFisher Stevens
Penny CarverGeorgina Chapman
Clayton Beresford SrSam Robards
Dr Jonathan NeyerArliss Howard

Crew

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DirectorJoby Harold

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2008-04-04
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and sex scenes
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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