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The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a turn of events unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.



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While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every year, one in 700 people wake up during surgery. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, an intense disturbing situation, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo anestesia  »

Box Office


$8,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,856,872 (USA) (30 November 2007)


$14,373,825 (USA) (29 February 2008)

Company Credits

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hayden Christensen Is partially of Swedish descent and Lena Olin is swedish See more »


The endotracheal tube (breathing tube) was not secured to the patient. It is standard practice to secure this tube to the patient in order to keep it in place. See more »


Sam Lockwood: Jack, grow some fucking balls.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Good Luck Chuck (2011) See more »


Written and Performed by Andrea Remanda and Goldust
Courtesy of Goldust
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Intense and indulging
5 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I rented Awake I had no expectations really, just another quick grab off the shelf to try my luck. However, I was quite surprised to find that I liked this cunning thriller more than your ordinary every day "waste some time" flick. I thought that the plot and scheme to the story were wonderful. Yes, there were some parts that bored me, and the film seemed even a little egotistical at times, but I was surely concentrated through the whole movie. It certainly knew the sense of keeping the audience on a string whether they cared to be or not.

This is a movie that I had wanted to see ever since the trailer was let out on TV because it looked more interesting than other trailers I had seen at the time, even though I had forgotten what it was about by the time I rented it. There was probably about a few things that bothered me about this film, but I am not going to reminisce on them because overall the movie delivers and you really overlook it's minor problems. Anyway, this movie was entertaining, brilliantly scripted, and shockingly suspenseful. The twist you never see coming and the performances are believable and professional. I loved it for what it was, and a little bit more so..

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