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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When they planned her husband's murder they never thought he'd be the one. 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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The tagline is a gross misrepresentation of statistics. The actual estimate of awareness during anesthesia is 1:14000 for high risk patients to as low as 1:42000. See more »

Goofs

Clay's heart shows an asystole on the EKG monitor, yet the surgeon yells "V-Fib" (Ventricular Fibrillation) and calls for the defibrillator, clearly he is not in Ventricular Fibrillation but in asystole, and asystole i.e. non-beating heart, cannot and must not be defibrillated. See more »

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Dr. Jonathan Neyer: Clayton, this time next year, I will be surgeon general, I write text books on this procedure.
Clay Beresford: Really, that's, that's great, I sure hope you've read em Jack.
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No Kind of Life
Written by Jason Pegg, David Woodward, Sam Hewitt and Toby May
Performed by Clearlake
Courtesy of The Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
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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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