Awake Movie Review Summary

Actors: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin

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Clay Beresford seems to have the world at his feet, with a successful finance business and a beautiful wife, but a life-threatening heart condition forces him to undergo a heart transplant. He enlists his friend, Dr. Jack Harper, to carry out the procedure, against the wishes of his mother (Lilith), who is concerned about the numerous malpractice suits pending against the doctor.
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Clay suffers anesthesia awareness during surgery and is able to both feel the pain and hear what is being said by those in the room, but unable to move or alert those present to his suffering. During this time he has an out of body experience in which he starts to piece together fragments of information about the previously undisclosed relationship between Sam and Dr. Harper, coming to the conclusion that the pair are out to murder him for his money.

While Sam and Dr.Harper quarrel, Lilith, who was firmly against the idea of Clay and Sam marrying, grows increasingly suspicious of the pair and eventually realises what is happening. With the original donor heart spoiled, she comes to the conclusion that only she can save her son.
Best part of story, including ending: The central plot device is unique and very interesting and the movie keeps you guessing with plenty of surprises and twists. However, some of the supporting scenes can verge into soap opera territory, somewhat lessening the emotional impact of the story.

Best scene in story: When Clay first awakes during surgery. There is a really visceral feeling of panic and horror; you can imagine what it would be like to be in that situation.

Opinion about the main character: Clay is not a particularly relateable character, particularly in a post-economic crash world where bankers and financiers are generally looked down upon. It is difficult to emphasise with his fate.

The review of this Movie prepared by Nick Dorrington a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Script Analysis of Awake

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Blackmail & Seduction?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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