|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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Surprisingly good movieBy jaymzrussell (2 reviews) , 25 Jul 2011Some great plot twists, believable characters and a good plot. Not a huge amount of depth but still very watch-able. A few forgiveable clichés. Alba proves she's not just a pretty face! :)
Well worth a watch.
great filmBy ginga23 (14 reviews) from Newport , 02 Jul 2011GReat film with a great twist to it , you would never have guessed what was going on which is unlike many films out these days
would definatly recommendBy filmh (2 reviews) , 15 Jun 2011** ALOT better than expected film has a very good twist, had me and the mister gripped! ! ! **
interesting twistBy a customer from UK , 14 Jun 2011enjoyed the story line although it wasn't what I was expecting from the film title. Kept my interest and enjoyed watching the story unfold.
Half way through it gets better.By OptixAz (181 reviews) from Oxford , 24 Jan 2011This film was OK, to be honest its not till about half way through the film till it gets entertaining enough for me. The film is a good idea and has a good cast, i just found it a little predictable too and there are some twists towards the end.
Not a bad film just average.