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Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen, and Terrence Howard star in first-time director/screenwriter Joby Harold's nerve-jangling psychological thriller about a man who experiences the frighteningly common surgical phenomenon known as "anesthetic awareness," in which those laid out on the operating table remain acutely aware of what is going on around them despite remaining completely paralyzed and unable to cry out for help. When a successful young man (Christensen) goes under the knife and realizes that the anesthesia hasn't quite done its job, the horror quickly sets in as his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Awake feels like an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode unfolding in slow motion, with each new revelation coming a reel or two after viewers have guessed it."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"[Joby] Harold's script has a surprise or three in it, a biggy near the end. But he's a director with no poker face. He tips his hand early and often."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"so far fetched that I couldn't swallow the story"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Imagine it's a comedy and pray for the end."
‑ Matt Glasby, Film4
"Sex, Lies and Surgical Tape meets I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus!"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"A medical thriller with a noggin full of novocaine, this shocker about a botched heart surgery evidently suffered brain surgery to match."
‑ Jim Ridley, L.A. Weekly
"Awake is a pleasing if negligible diversion."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Writer-director Joby Harold's debut is stylishly self-assured and suspenseful enough to quicken the pulse."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Less painful than having your chest cut open, but a disagreeable experience just the same."
‑ James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"much better than i expected"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"With a couple of more drafts to mend the plot holes and restructure the middle act, Awake could have been saved."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The plot has more holes in it than a tea bag and the film should come with a warning label: don't go see with anyone with even a modicum of medical knowledge, because they'll surely spend the film huffing and rolling their eyes skyward."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Outlandish, preposterous, contrived,and implausible thriller which happens to be fun if you ignore the fact that it's outlandish,preposterous,contrived and implausible."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Se um ator admirável como Terrence Howard surge tão constrangedor neste longa, que chances teriam pobres aspirantes a intérpretes como Hayden Christensen e Jessica Alba?"
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It becomes more and more fun as the twists pile up -- not entirely convincing, but diverting, like something concocted by a bright eighth-grader."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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