Awake
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Awake 2007

The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife...

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Another movie I am pleased to report that I didn't pay for. This movie emcompasses everything that could possibly go wrong in the physcological thriller genre. First and foremost this movie needs a new script. The movie runs out of story about halfway through the movie and just drags on and on for the rest. It wants to appear clever but it is afriad that someone might miss something so every "twist" is dragged out and explained as if the audience were in elementary school. I was reminded of the guy who won't stop asking questions during the movie. It was as if the movie was written to that type of person.

Hayden Christiansen carries a monotone acting style throughout the movie that annoyed me constantly. The sad thing is that Jessica Alba actually does a decent job playing the wife, a rare oportunity to show that she actually can act. Terrence Howard is wasted completely as the doctor with the notable exception of the thoughtful narration in the begining of the movie. While I am on the positive, I should note that some of the more surreal shots..particularly the one with the lights going out around him were well done. It was very much like Eternal Sunshine of the Spottless Mind and almost felt like a better movie than it was....almost.

The basic plot (though there really isn't any) is that sucessful buisnessman Clay(Hayden Christiansen) has major health problems and needs a new heart transplant. He finds a donor, and the doctors begin the sugery. His anesthesia does not work and he is left awake, but paralyzed during the surgery. If i go any further some of the movies many twists will be revealed. Kudos to Lena Olin who plays Lilith, Clay's mother, one of the only convincing characters in the movie.

The bottom line is this: this story has been done better before-in fact it was done twice last year. I reccomend checking out Marc Forrester's Stay or the indie film November. Both movies I mentioned were failures at the box office and if that is any indication this movie will(and should) fail as well.
:fresh: I think this movie is pretty awesome. All the message boards are giving Hayden and Jessica crap, but i think they're better than they've ever been, and the film is fun, fast, twisy/turny- I havent' had that much fun in a movie in a while! I never write on these things but saw Pete Hammond's dumb review and thought it was just wrong! And why give a spoiler--do you think he wrote "he's dead the whole time" in the line of his review of the Sixth Sense? LOL
all I have read about this movie is that Jessica Alba and Hayden C. can't act and that they won't let anyone review it so it must be trash. well, I have seen everything else that's out this weekend (yes, including Enchanted - sorry Barry!) and so with some nerves I went to see this 'cause I didn't have anything else to do.

Am I crazy, but I like this movie?? Yes, Hayden is what he is but it works for this character. Jessica is good - the scene where she cries is great! I thought the director did a great job and some of the details I loved. Great cinematography, yeah baby on the sound design. I hope more people go to see this and put aside their prejudices.
"What begins as an engrossing character study soon becomes a hopelessly misguided psychological thriller."

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Awake

Rated: 6.0/10
Rated: R
Starring: Hayden Christenson, Jessica Alba, Lena Olin and Terrence Howard
Genre: Thriller/Drama
My Grade: C+


Just one thing to say. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor really have a sweet deal. They get to write two of the shittiest screenplays of the decade - Jurassic Park III and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry - and neither film is marketed as "from the makers of Sideways." So essentially they make a shitload of money to finance their independent projects, and no one has to know they work as script doctors for horrible films. Sweet deal.
I don't know why this movie is getting such a bad rap. I found it to be a decent thriller. Better than most of the thriller's I have seen lately. Yes, it is a bit unrealistic, but these days, what movie isnt?? I found it quite enjoyable and moved at a good pace. It could have been fleshed out more...
I thought that all of the actors did a fine job. It was the first role where I could actually stand and believe Jessica Alba. I would recommend it, better than alot of other mindless stuff out there.

So overall, Awake is a great psychological thriller that will leave you wide awake throughout the entire movie & one that delivers a twist that you never see coming. Don't believe all of the negative criticism it has recieved. Hayden Christensen & Jessica Alba are excellent here. Please give it a shot if you are a fan of either Hayden's or Jessica's. You will be surprised like I was. It's easily one of the best psychological thrillers that I have seen in a while & one that I will definitely pick up on DVD. PEACE OUT!!!
This movie jumped from a good plot to one that was so far fetched the movie was lost. The operating segment was the worst. Not to say that people can't and haven't experienced anesthesia awareness. Anyone with any knowledge at all of OR procedures would know that the person giving anesthesia does not walk out in the middle of surgery and leave the patient. If that is what is what is being conveyed, the medical community has reason to be upset by the movie.

I wish I had not wasted my money.

Awake is quite the psychological thriller with its twists and turns that leaves the viewer with a feeling of uncertainly throughout the film. The plotline is totally unrealistic but that is why it is a movie. Jessica Alba and Hayden Christiansen come off the screen as a nearly perfect couple until things get hazy with family drama. While some people may think this film is predictable, I find that hard to believe with all of the different directions each character takes. I'm not saying this movie is amazing by any means. But if you are a fan of any of the actors in this film its worth the money to watch their performance. Or for that matter, if you are one who likes movies that throw you off guard, go and see it.
M&K