|Starring:||Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin, Christopher McDonald, Sam Robards, Arliss Howard|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Top Streaming Films on your PS3 this Christmas|
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Aug 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Will you stay awake through Hayden Christensen's new thriller?
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Better than expectedBy Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 03 Apr 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]Awake is a film which is surprisingly better than you would expect. The story, involving someone who is still aware of everything going on when he is being operated on, is based on actual experiences which a small percentage of people have. The sub-plot involving the planned murder of the person being operated on is actually handled quite well too. Throw into the mix two actors who usually get derided for their lack of ability (Christensen and Alba), who prove some talent here, and it far surpasses expectations. The film starts off pretty straight forward, with a wealthy entrepreneur, Clay (Hayden Christensen) trying to keep his life in order whilst awaiting a heart transplant. He has kept his engagement to his mother's assistant, Sam (Jessica Alba) secret, fearing what his mother (Lena Olin) would say about it. After setting up the basic background of the characters we soon move to the operating table, and that is when the film begins to come together and surprise the audience. The initial moments of Clay's awareness that he is not unconcious strike so well, and make you sit up and pay attention. To escape the pain he is feeling Clay begins to focus on his memories to find a happy place, but unfortunately begins to see clues as to something unsettling going on. The memories are played through with Clay having an out-of-body experience, and drifiting through all the moments in his mind, and it is through all this that we too piece together the puzzle presented to him. Christensen handles the part well, and shows some range of skill that we have only glimpsed once before (in Shattered Glass). Alba is less impressive, but is a far cry better than her performance in The Eye. Terrence Howard, playing the surgeon operating on Clay, who is also his best friend, has one of the meatier roles, and he wrestles with his own demons throughout. A decent enough film that has a few nice twists and turns. It is a shame that the marketing campaign for the film gives away one of the major plot points as it sort of deadens the impact, but there are still a few nice, crafty turns inside. The only real failing is that the tale does get a touch too syrupy sentimental towards the latter half.
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The Best Film I Have Seen In Ages!By andy2030 (1 review) , 07 Oct 2011This was a great film which had my heart racing, one of the best films i have ever seen. It was sad how people you thought you could trust with your life turn out to only want your money through their own mistakes and greed. i also have to say what a great mother! but im sure any mother would do the same to save the ones they love.
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HOORAY 4 MUM'S!By ShoutOut (136 reviews) , 02 Oct 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideHere's some things i'd like to mention:
1. Money makes people do some evil things!
2. From this film you begin to understand why surgeons want you to be asleep, so they can do want they want while you are under!
3. This is the 2nd time i've watched this, 1st time being 4 years ago, and it still had me sreaming at the screen!
4. Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba and Lena Olin- fab performances!
5. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is ALWAYS trust your mum, she'll always want the best for you and love you unconditionally!
6. And NEVER give in to 2nd best- if you're having an operation or anything else in life, ALWAYS have the best!
7. ENJOY THE FILM!
entertaining thrillerBy filmfan10 (82 reviews) from Saltash , 27 Sep 2011The syndrome of being awake whilst under the knife is fairly incidental. It's the plot that makes the film entertaining with good performances. I would recommend this.
The Love of a Mother!By Brighouse1971 (155 reviews) from Brighouse, WY , 03 Sep 2011After I was reading some of the reviews, the 'bad' ones about this movie being another handsome-guy-taking-his-shirt-off kind of movie.
I was curious and I must say pleasantly surprised!
It started out as a typical romance between rich guy and poor lady, but than turns around with lots of twists.
Pretty great psychological crime thriller, with of course Hayden taking his shirt off...lol
Could have been so much betterBy a customer , 30 Aug 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideTo me the twist was pretty obvious right from the start (spoiler alert). You could just tell Jessica Alba would be a baddie. The film is only 75 mins long and to me the way they should have done it was to have the Mum's favourite surgeon come in and save the day, as he did, then for Hayden Christensen to wake up and take revenge on his wife and surgeon friend by setting them up in some way and acting like he hadn't heard anything when he was 'under'. They could have done another hour of film with him just plotting a way to get them back and them falling into his trap. But never mind. It's a 2 star film but had the potential to be a 4 star.