Awake (2007)

During surgery, more than 60,000 people domestically each year experience "anesthetical awareness," a condition when anesthesia fails during surgery, leaving one completely conscious and feeling every incision, but paralyzed and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Awake has an interesting premise but would have benefited from tighter performances and more efficient direction and editing.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[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.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

so far fetched that I couldn't swallow the story

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Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly

A medical thriller with a noggin full of novocaine, this shocker about a botched heart surgery evidently suffered brain surgery to match.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Awake is a pleasing if negligible diversion.

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Writer-director Joby Harold's debut is stylishly self-assured and suspenseful enough to quicken the pulse.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

With a couple of more drafts to mend the plot holes and restructure the middle act, Awake could have been saved.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

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.

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Brian Holcomb

Outlandish, preposterous, contrived,and implausible thriller which happens to be fun if you ignore the fact that it's outlandish,preposterous,contrived and implausible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Psychological thriller about a wealthy guy (Hayden) who is awake during his heart surgery. He hears the surgeons plot how they are going to kill him. But why?… More
Bruce Bruce
This movie enforces what I have learned in life. The only women you can trust and count on is your Mother. The rest will lie, cheat and stab you in the back no… More
KJ Proulx
This film begins with an extreme story and injects you with emotions about life and love. You feel the pain of Hayden Christiansen's character as he is… More
Dead Angel
Hated when the girl cheated. but overall this movie was nice. The story, acting, everything. Not mind blowing. But not that bad either.
Clintus Maximus
Awake is a far-fetched thriller set against the backdrop of a phenomenon called anesthesia awarness. I didn't care for the casting much: Jessica Alba as… More
Wahida K
Every year, one in 700 people wake up during surgery. When they planned her husband's murder, they never thought he'd be the one.