• Publication date: April 15, 2011

As They Planned His Murder, He Woke Up During Surgery Awake: One In 700 Never Go Under

Awake is an unsettling thriller that highlights a deeply troubling medical problem known as "anesthetic awareness" although it is a rare condition it is dangerously prevalent and 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 is an unsettling thriller that highlights a deeply troubling medical problem known as "anesthetic awareness" although it is a rare condition it is dangerously prevalent and 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.

Clayton Beresford Jr., a successful young businessman who lives under the roof of his overbearing mother, Lilith.

Afraid to expose his engagement to Lilith's beautiful assistant, Sam Lockwood, 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, 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 put under to receive the complicated surgery, he is shocked to discover that he's still cognizant of everything that is happening to him.

As he fights through the pain to hear the doctors' voices, the more he learns about his best friend and his new wife, adding further trauma to an already horrendous situation.

Featuring standout performances from the film's principal cast, as well as its supporting players, AWAKE is a tense journey through the mind of an innocent man who's on the verge of losing his lease on life.

This movie is rated R for language, an intense disturbing situation, and brief drug use

Year: 2007

Runtime: 84 mins

Genre: Thriller/ Drama

Starring:

Terrence Howard

Jessica Alba

Hayden Christensen

Fisher Stevens

Lena Olin

Arliss Howard

Sam Robards

Directed by: Joby Harold