November 30th, 2007

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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 drama unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.5/10 (35,673 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Joby Harold

Stars: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard

While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors

Hayden Christensen - Clay Beresford
Jessica Alba - Sam Lockwood
Terrence Howard - Dr. Jack Harper
Lena Olin - Lilith Beresford
Christopher McDonald - Dr. Larry Lupin
Sam Robards - Clayton Beresford Sr.
Arliss Howard - Dr. Jonathan Neyer
Fisher Stevens - Dr. Puttnam
Georgina Chapman - Penny Carver
David Harbour - Dracula
Steven Hinkle - Young Clay (as Stephen Hinkle)
Denis O'Hare - Financial News Analyst
Charlie Hewson - Brian the Orderly
Court Young - Officer Doherty
Joseph Costa - Dr. Elbogen

Taglines: The most terrifying thriller of the fall.


Official Website: MGM [United States] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 30 November 2007

Filming Locations: 18 East 68th Street, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,856,872 (USA) (2 December 2007) (2002 Screens)

Gross: $32,685,679 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the flashback where Clay is initially rushed to the ER, Dr. Harper says 'We have a massive heart attack, possible MI'. MI is an abbreviation for myocardial infarction which is commonly known as a heart attack.

Clay Beresford: [on being scolded on Dr. Jack] He's my friend mother, I trust him.

User Review

Caught a preview screening of this tonight and I'm awfully excited about it


I'm not going to put any spoilers in this review, but this is certainly a movie with some great twists and turns. I haven't been this excited about an upcoming release since The Sixth Sense or Memento. Hard to believe this is the director's first feature (although it's possible he cut his teeth in the commercial or music video world... I'm not sure) I mean, certainly the film has a few problems, some of the moments didn't ring exactly true to me and the music was a touch maudlin at times. But when this film gets it right, it gets it really right. I was on the edge of my seat from the second act on. It's the first film I've seen in awhile that manages to balance a genuine emotionality with a strong thriller aspect. Even Hayden Christensen, who I think we all had our doubts about after Episodes I-III, puts in a memorable and affecting performance. Definitely a film to see and a director I'll be keeping my eye on.

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