|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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Very good!By Jo1982 (10 reviews) from Scotland , 06 Jun 2013Really like this, really good twists in it. Great acting by all, keeps you on the edge. Worth a watch! And Hayden's very easy on the eye! :-)
Watchable average thrillerBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 19 Feb 20132007 Thriller about man who needs heart transplant but is tricked by girlfriend and the heart surgeon in negligence action scam. Man is awake while the operation is performed. Plot stretches credibility but has good twist at the end.
Worth watchingBy a customer , 20 Aug 2012A really good film, lots of twists, it did remind me of Ghost,
just shows how any one can get taken in by a pretty face.
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Great film with fantastic twistsBy a customer , 18 Jul 2012A great film with huge suspenseful twists and turns. Really surprised that so many people think its poor or average. A very original idea I haven't seen before, and pretty scary! Thank goodness a) I'm not rich and b) I live in England and we have the NHS!!
Be careful who you allow to cut you open..By a customer , 04 Mar 2012Awake is a good film, quite shocked that its only received 'Average' from majority....
But its enough to put you off going under the knife lets say that!
Acting was good, and I quite liked the ending, however i kind of figured thats what would happen :).