Awake Cover“Awake” Put Me To Sleep

Title: Awake
Studio: The Weinstein Company
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
Rating: * 1/2 out of *****
Starring
: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin
Director: Joby Harold
Rated
: R Run Time: 84 minutes

(All pictures courtesy of The Weinstein Company)

Rob Thumbnail Well, there goes 84 minutes of my life that I can never get back, I thought. At least it was only 84 minutes. Medical “thriller” “Awake” was a stark disappointment. The idea behind it was intriguing, that of a man (Christensen) experiencing what is known as Anesthesia Awareness during a heart transplant operation.

Anesthesia Awareness is the phenomenon in which a patient, although fully paralyzed, is still fully awake and in some cases fully able to feel what is happening during surgery. They have no way of letting the surgeon know they are awake, and are forced to endure the pain.

Clay (Christensen), a rich investment guru suffers from a heart condition that requires him to have a heart transplant. He befriends surgeon (Howard) when the condition almost ends his life. Meanwhile, he becomes engaged to the beautiful Sam (Alba), who appears to be a devoted fiancé who even carries around Clay’s many medications for him.

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Pictured: In what is supposed to be a complex story of danger and betrayal, the worst villains are the bad script, the poor pacing, and the horrid acting.

Meanwhile, his mother (Olin) is both upset with Clay’s choice of surgeon urges him to consider someone else, who happens to be in the top of the field, and also disapproves of his fiancé. The relationship between Clay and his mother is obviously close, but bordering on disturbing in the way he has to sneak around with his relationship. Finally, he and Sam elope at a midnight ceremony right before his transplant.

Little does he know of the plot to betray him, and little do his surgical team know that he will be that one statistic that will be aware of everything going on around him. In a series of twists and turns we find out just where the characters loyalties lie and what their true intentions are.

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Pictured: Hayden Christensen–You underestimate the power of the dark side… of bad acting…

Doing a movie with the backdrop of a patient undergoing surgery was an awesome concept. Unfortunately this movie just doesn’t do it justice. The acting is horrible and the writing is even worse. It leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth wondering why a movie like this even got released and managed to make money.    Stay away from this, you probably would have much better things to do with 84 minutes of your life.