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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Young Clay (as Stephen Hinkle)
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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

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


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

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30 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Bajo anestesia  »

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$8,600,000 (estimated)

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

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$14,373,825 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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Not screened in advance for critics. See more »

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Whilst on the operating table the pieces of tape over Clay's eyes change position. See more »

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Clay Beresford: Am I supposed to still hear you?
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Jingle Bells
Arranged and Performed by Roger Webb
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music and Dewolfe, Ltd.
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A crafty little thriller
29 May 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Thanks to what was the craziness of how hot hot hot Jessica Alba was this past year, a lot of people, including me, really didn't wanna see a movie with her. Yes, she's beautiful, but can she act? The eternal question where I finally saw something, Awake, she actually did a decent job. I rented Awake the other day and watched it, this was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I have to say, this was a first, I really did not see that conclusion coming. It was awesome to see a movie that had a clever script, was it realistic? I wouldn't necessarily agree, the movie and story does have it's flaws here and there, but if you let them slide, it's a fun little thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Clay has everything: money, a loving mom, a company of his own, a world in his hands, and a beautiful woman, Sam. But unfortunately, his heart isn't so lucky, so much so that he needs a transplant, and his trusted friend Jack Harper is going to do the transfer for him. But his mom is begging him to re-consider and have another surgeon do the operation, but Clay says she just has to trust his instincts, which may be the biggest mistake he can make.

Awake is a pretty cool movie, the actors, some things are over done, but it's a thriller, it's supposed to keep you scared and tense, so I am willing to over look the non-existence of reality, I think this movie meant to be that way. I also just hate to say it, Jessica Alba is decent in the movie and covers herself well in her role as Sam. But the top performance of the film was without a doubt from Howard, he was so convincing and almost made you feel bad for him, well, I don't want to give too much away, you'll just have to see what I mean. But I do recommend Awake, it's a good movie, I'm impressed.

7/10


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