- 1 hr 24 min
Awake is a 2007 thriller film directed by Joby Harold and starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, and Terrence Howard. The film tells the story of Clay Beresford (Christensen), a wealthy young man who suffers from a condition known as anesthetic awareness, which means he is fully conscious during surgery but paralyzed and unable to communicate. To remedy this condition, Clay is scheduled to undergo a heart transplant surgery. His mother (Lena Olin) is apprehensive about the procedure, but his girlfriend Sam (Alba) and best friend Dr. Jack Harper (Howard) assure her that everything will be fine. During the surgery, Clay is fully aware of everything that is happening around him. He overhears Dr. Harper and the surgical team discussing illegal activities and a conspiracy to kill him. Clay's attempts to alert the team and escape his paralysis fail, and he ultimately witnesses his own death on the operating table. However, the story takes a twist when Clay wakes up from the seemingly successful surgery and is able to see and hear everything around him, but remains paralyzed. He learns that he is experiencing a rare and dangerous complication from the surgery, and he must navigate a web of deceit and danger to uncover the truth about what really happened. Throughout the film, Clay is haunted by visions of his deceased father (Christopher McDonald), who urges him to do whatever it takes to find the truth. Meanwhile, Sam becomes increasingly suspicious of Dr. Harper and his motives, and she enlists the help of a private investigator to uncover the truth about the surgical team's activities. As the plot thickens, Clay must come to terms with his own mortality and decide whether or not he is willing to risk everything to expose the truth. The film culminates in a dramatic showdown as Clay confronts his enemies and fights for his life. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Awake remains a suspenseful and engaging thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The film's strong performances from its lead actors, particularly Hayden Christensen's portrayal of a man struggling with his own mortality and moral dilemmas, make the story compelling and emotionally resonant. The film also explores themes of trust, betrayal, and the consequences of greed and corruption in the medical industry. It's a thought-provoking and intense thriller that is sure to leave audiences both entertained and unnerved.