Awake review

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This movie might be the ultimate gauge on how much of a film snob you are. I know Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba sounds like a recipe for disaster, but did critics actually get over this prejudice to actually watch this movie? There’s solid work from all the important players, most notably the first-time writer-director, the actors (perhaps Alba’s best performance), and the composer. Christensen, Lena Olin, and Terence Howard also shine in their roles. The two main problems I think people have with this movie are that it is manipulative, because things come together too easily, and that it is too ambitious for its own good. If the latter is the case, more directors need this problem. Rating: 7/10

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