Awake poster
Directed by Joby Harold
Produced by Jason Kliot
John Penotti
Joana Vicente
Fisher Stevens
Written by Joby Harold

Hayden Christensen
Jessica Alba
Terrence Howard
Lena Olin
Arliss Howard

Music by Graeme Revell (Theme)
Samuel Sim
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Editing by Craig McKay
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release November 30, 2007
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8.6 million
Gross revenue $32,685,679

Awake is a 2007 American crime/supernatural/conspiracy thriller written and directed by Joby Harold. It stars Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin. The film was released in the United States and Canada on November 30, 2007.

Synopsis/ Plot

Clay Beresford (Hayden Christensen) is in love with Sam (Jessica Alba), his mother's personal assistant. Clay requires a heart transplant. Dr. Jack Harper (Terrance Howard) is Clay's heart surgeon and friend. Clay asks Dr. Harper to arrange his elopement with Sam. They marry privately at midnight, then Clay goes to the hospital for the operation. While Clay's new wife and his mother, Lilith (Lena Olin), await completion of his surgery, Clay encounters anesthesia awareness.

The surgical pain causes Clay to have a clairvoyant experience exposing Dr. Harper's plot to murder Clay, also revealing that Sam worked at the hospital under Dr. Harper and has conspired with him against Clay. Sam's plan was to marry Clay then poison the donor heart to cause its rejection thus murdering Clay to collect insurance money to pay off Dr. Harper's malpractice lawsuits. The scheme unravels and Clay's mother, Lilith, realizing what has happened, sacrifices herself so that Clay can live, having barely survived the surgery and attempt on his life. She commits suicide and her heart is switched for the sabotaged one. During a shared out of body experience Lilith reveals that she killed his abusive father and that she is proud of what Clay has become. The film closes with Dr. Harper saying, "He is awake".


  • Hayden Christensen as Clay Beresford
  • Jessica Alba as Sam Lockwood
  • Terrence Howard as Dr. Jack Harper
  • Lena Olin as Lilith Beresford
  • Christopher McDonald as Dr. Larry Lupin
  • Sam Robards as Clayton Beresford Sr.
  • Arliss Howard as Dr. Jonathan Neyer
  • Fisher Stevens as Dr. Puttnam
  • Georgina Chapman as Penny Carver
  • David Harbour as Dracula
  • Steven Hinkle as Young Clay
  • Denis O'Hare as Financial News Analyst
  • Charlie Hewson as Brian the Orderly
  • Court Young as Officer Doherty
  • Joseph Costa as Dr. Elbogen
  • Poorna Jagannathan as Dr. Neyer's Nurse
  • Lee Wong as Mr. Waturi
  • Kae Shimizu as Asian Translator
  • Steven Rowe as Teacher
  • Jeffrey Fierson as Head Chef
  • John C. Havens as Policeman
  • Richard Thomsen as Minister
  • Joshua Rollins as Funeral Minister
  • Brenda Schad as Pregnant Woman
  • Sam Pitman as Zombie
  • Ross Klavan as Financial News Analyst #2

External links

  • Awake at the Internet Movie Database
Hayden Christensen films
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Jessica Alba films

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