Release: November 30, 2007
Director: Joby Harold
Written by: Joby Harold
Produced by: Jason Kilot, John Penotti, Joana Vicente, Russell Carpenter
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin, Sam Robards, Fisher Stevens, Christopher McDonald
The first time I was ever put under general anesthesia as an adult for a relatively routine procedure, the anesthesiologists came in and introduced themselves to me as Burt and Ernie. Well, I just found that hilarious and the pre-op drugs only made it harder for me to stop joking around with Burt and Ernie until one totally serious nurse finally told me I was going to have to be quiet now and go to sleep. That was that. I was out like a light. I woke up in the recovery room with a nice warm blanket, feeling all fuzzy and cozy and with no pain.
Well, Awake is not going to be a medical documentary but it's also not going to be a warm and cozy movie about surgery either. In light of an actual surgery occurence called "anesthesia awareness", this movie sounds like it is going to be pretty intense. But this is Hollywood, afterall, and it's still entertainment so you can be sure the medical facts will be mixed with large doses of all the elements of a psychological thriller with dramatic license and suspension of disbelief. Still, it will make people aware of a serious surgical problem and that can't be all bad for those advocates who are trying to educate the public.
Awake is a movie that plays on some of our worst fears. What are you afraid of? Horror authors and movies of the past have always played up some of our basic fears by dealing with things like: fear of pain, being helpless at the hands of a monster, being buried alive, being afraid of the dark, what's hiding in the closet or under the bed or in the woods. Swimming is supposed to be innocent fun except when there's a 20 foot shark lurking out of sight just below the water's surface. Awake plays on those fears of pain, being helpless and what is lurking and what is unexpected. After looking at the trailer, I'm reminded of movies like Coma, Ghost or The Sixth Sense. In any case, Awake looks creepy, a little surreal and very interesting.
The movie, Awake, opens in theaters nationwide November 30, 2007 and is rated R. Bring a friend to drive you home, go on an empty stomach. Remember you shouldn't eat anything after midnight the day of surgery or you could have a pepperoni pizza induced nightmare.
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