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Writer/director Joby Harold's debut feature, AWAKE, is an unsettling thriller that highlights a deeply troubling medical problem. "Anesthetic awareness" is a rare but dangerously prevalent condition that affects nearly 30,000 individuals a year, in which patients who have been put under anesthesia before surgery remain paralyzed while still being aware of their present situation. AWAKE tells the story of Clayton Beresford Jr. (Hayden Christensen), a successful young businessman who lives under the roof of his overbearing mother, Lilith (Lena Olin). Afraid to expose his engagement to Lilith's beautiful assistant, Sam Lockwood (Jessica Alba), Clayton decides to do so when he realizes that, thanks to a rare heart condition, he might not live much longer. His best friend and personal surgeon, Jack Harper (Terrence Howard), supports his decision to take the plunge, and also advises him to get a much-needed heart transplant as soon as a donor is found. After he marries Sam, a donor arrives, but when Clayton is...
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CastLena Olin
DirectorJoby Harold
Release Date:  2007
MPAA Rating:  R
Runtime:  1hr 24min
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Pros: Not many     Cons: Haden Christensen     The Bottom Line: Awake is a yawner despite the rather impressive cast.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Whoever convinced Haden Christensen he could act should be slapped, seriously!  The man has no presence, no charisma, and scant acting ability.  So why does he keep showing up on the silver screen?  He almost single-handedly …
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