Awake Trailer Starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba

I know a lot of people out there have a problem with Hayden Christensen as an actor, and after his performances in the Star Wars prequels, I guess I can see why. That said, if he has to be in a movie, could you really ask for a better role than to have him play a guy who is basically unconscious for the entire film? Awake is an upcoming thriller from first-time writer/director Joby Harold about a man who experiences what is known as “anesthetic awareness” during open heart surgery — that is, his body is paralyzed, but he can still hear what is going on around him. Personally, this has got to be one of my biggest fears, and according to the movie’s trailer as many as 1 in 700 people have this happen to them! Yikes.

The catch is that while the man is in surgery, he begins to hear things he wasn’t meant to hear, and he struggles to figure out what’s real and what’s not. The trailer doesn’t reveal all that much, which is probably a good thing because I’m assuming there are some unexpected twists along the way. At least I hope there are, because otherwise this could be one really long and dull movie! The movie co-stars Jessica Alba and Terrence Howard. Awake hits theatres on November 30th; check out the trailer over at Yahoo! now.

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  • Is this a remake of “Johnny got his gun”, featured in Metallicas ‘One’? Sure sounds like it.

    Either way, I couldn’t care less about this. Jessica Alba sucks, and she seems to be way overrated looks-wise (even though she has danish roots, even I have to admit she’s not all that). Hayden Christensen I’m neither here nor there. I like the Star Wars prequels, but hardly because of his performance. I think he could work in stuff where he should be the cool guy, but he doesn’t have any presence on screen, and his emotional moments in the two movies felt forced and had no weight to them.

    It’s tough though because people seem to think George Lucas can’t direct actors. So is it Hayden Christensens fault that you didn’t like his performance? I mean it was alot of people’s first exposure to him, and it might have been a bad first impression. People are able to forgive Samuel L. Jacksons and Ewan MacGregors performances… If he shows up in something other than shit like this and that Nightcrawler movie, I for one won’t hold Star Wars against him.

  • I like the idea but I think you’ve hit the problem right on – Christensen is unconscious for a big chunk of the film and his voice is too damned unemotional to make me care. I do hope he’s got some more good performances in him (he was, regardless of what people think of either movie) pretty good in “Life as a House” and “Shattered Glass”. This, unfortunately, doesn’t look like the role that’ll do it.

  • Liz

    I definitely agree with Marina that Christensen can be pretty good when he puts his mind to it; the only non-Star Wars movie I’ve seen him in where I’ve been disappointed by his performance was in Factory Girl, but that movie sucked so hardcore all around that I’m not even sure he’s really to blame for it. I admit it, I’m sort of a fan, so I’ll probably be seeing this.

    That single solitary tear sliding down his face was kind of hysterical, though.

  • This reminds me of a Tales From the Crypt episode called Abra Cadaver which was awesome. As for Christensen, I don’t really care for him, but the little kid from In the Mouth of Madness sure has come a long way.

  • i love jessica and hayden….my fav actor & actress.