First, you have to read about anesthesia awareness because that is where the story revolves around.
‘Awake’, starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba and Terrence Howard, opens with a doctor (Howard) thinking about the patient that he lost. The patient is 22-year-old Wall Street wiz kid Clay (Christensen) who had been in line for a compatible heart donor for a year. Without his mother’s knowledge, he marries his fiancee of six months (Alba) the night before he goes into surgery. And, against his mother’s wishes, he chooses a surgeon-friend, Jack (Howard), over the big-time specialist hand-picked by his mother.
Thirty minutes into the movie and you’d think it is another one of those evil-mother-hates-poor-girl story. You know, stuff that melodramas are made off. Rich boy falls in love with a poor working-class girl and the mother does everything to break them apart just as she tries to control every aspect of the life of her beloved son. But, as the movie unravels, it twists and turns and the drama turns into a mystery and a thriller.