Dead Awake

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DEAD AWAKE is a seductive supernatural thriller starring Rose McGowan, Amy Smart and Nick Stahl set against the backdrop of a mysterious tragedy that shattered their lives a decade ago and which sets them on a path to uncover the truth that lies between the living and the dead. -- (C) New Films International

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Critic Reviews for Dead Awake

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  • Though the performers gamely try to make the most of what little they have to work with, the film is murky to look at and unfocused in its storytelling. "Dead Awake" is a deadly snore.

    Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • If you think this is going to be an okay movie, you are dead wrong. This film is DOA"

    Dec 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing blend of mystery, suspense, drama and supernatural thrills that slightly loses steam as its trust in the audience's intelligence wanes.

    Dec 4, 2010 | Rating: 6.84215/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Awake

  • Mar 13, 2012
    A spooky, mysterious little indie romance, spiced with nuanced performances, about a life wasted with guilt. A man (Nick Stahl, and why isn't this guy A-list?) struggles for a way out and with whether he really wants a way out when he meets a young junkie who's a lot worse off than he ... it's uneven and quirky and yet somehow charming.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    Things turn strange for a morbid funeral director's assistant obsessed with an accident in the past when two women suddenly enter his life: his high school ex-girlfriend, and a crackhead who believes he is her guardian angel. This intended psychological thriller is more interesting as a drama for the first two thirds, but blows everything in the final act with a "you gotta be kidding me" ending.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    I'm kind of on the fence with this one because there is some light shed on grounds in darkness in some interesting ways, yet mixed in with some fairly standard film cliches. Rose McGowan turns in a good character portrayal of a drug addicted victim of what falls in between life and death. The idea of purgatory is touched upon to create a feeling of loss for the main character Dylan well portrayed by Nick Stahl and his mysterious association with Charlie portrayed by Rose McGowan. The focus of the film is rather scattered making it somewhat difficult to review which is why the fence I'm on keeps moving backward and forward. My honorable mention would be of Rose's haunting delivery of the song "Wake" featured at the end of the film.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    <div style="width:200px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href=""></a></div></div> <B><I>Dead Awake</I> (2010) </B> Writers:: Johnny Harrington, Justin Urich and David Boivin Director: Omar Naim WIth: Nick Stahl, Rose McGowan and Amy Smart Genre: Supernatural Thriller <B>PLOT:</B> Haunted by the memory of an unexplained car crash, a lonely funeral assistant fakes his own death. Tracking a mystery mourner, he finds himself tangled in intrigue while suffering from bizarre, piecemeal flashbacks from his discordant, seemingly supernaturally influenced past. COMMENTS: While <I>Dead Awake</I> captures our imagination at first with ominous flashbacks and peculiar visions which emphasize details in a way that foreshadow profound significance, none of these clues pan out to reveal an extraordinary plot. The method of revelation builds interest in previous events which turn out to be not very mysterious once we are let in on their meaning. Worse, at about the halfway point, the story becomes a derivative, conventional chiller. The setup: Nick Stahl plays sullen, skulking funeral director who stages his own death to see if old friends will arrive at his funeral. When an enigmatic young woman comes to mutter cryptic utterances over his "corpse," he follows her and has some unusual misadventures. In the meantime, he flirts with an ex-girlfriend who also came to his viewing, unlocking a cascade of strange memories and guilt about some mysterious, previous tragedy that broke them apart. Eventually, we find out how both women are connected to Nick's past and to his haunting recollections. Sounds like the makings of a real whiz-bang chiller-thriller, right? Wrong! What a massive disappointment. I was expecting something clever, brooding and supernatural like <I>Dark Corners</I>, and that's how <I>Dead Awake</I> starts out. There is a mysterious car crash, a mortuary attendant faking his own funeral, a mysterious griever talking in riddles, indications that half the characters may be dead and not know it, and eerie flashbacks wrought with hidden symbolic meaning. The non-linear plot, dark tone and twists and turns made me think I was in for a real doozie of a plot concept. And then the film peter's out. The flashbacks reveal no great mystery, the symbolism turns out to be arbitrary and empty, and real ideas are replaced with melodrama, over-acting and a grandiose musical score that is more fitting of a sweeping historical epic. The music seems calculated to try to fool the viewer into thinking he is watching something more important than he really is (it didn't work). The movie wraps up with an unlikely stretch of a "climax" (more of an anti-climax) and a corny, happy (more like sappy) ending with a lame and very mild twist that opens up a bunch of plot holes. I paid money for this??? I swear, no more juice of the poppy before I read DVD jackets at the video store. I saw that Nick Stahl was in this and so far, I have seen him in three other movies that turned out to be arty, independent, and pretty good, so I took a gamble. Mind you, <I>Dead Awake</I> is not a <I>bad</I> movie. It doesn't smack of major studio schlock. The problem is that is promises to be so darned intriguing and then drops the ball, almost as if a writers strike led to someone with no imagination completing the script from the halfway point. Rose McGowan, formerly a delicious woman looks just . . . <I>awful</I>, post plastic surgery. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"><a href="">Trailer: Dead Awake</a></div><a href=""><img src="" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href=""><I>Dead Awake</I></a> - trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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