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    I logged on, expecting to see a thread already started on this. I haven't seen it yet, so maybe everyone is like me.

    It wasn't screened for reviewers -- and most have been scathing -- but Roger Ebert gave it 3 stars and an effusive review.

    Also, it's only 78 minutes long. Is it just me or are dramas and thrillers becoming short like comedies now? Seems like a 78 minute thriller would feel like a weekly TV show episode.

    "Until the Lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." -African Proverb

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    Short attention span theater.

    In reading the reviews at rottentomatoes, I couldn't help but suspect that Ebert's review may have had something to do with a legitimate personal fear or two. I like Ebert, but, as Sesame Street would say it, One of these things is not like the other, one of these things, doesn't belong...

    Or maybe it's really good, I don't know. But 78 minutes? After paying $11 and sitting through commercials and trailers and such?

    Wow.
    I'm like an opening band for the sun.
    -- Eddie Vedder: "Push Me / Pull Me"

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    • #3
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      Does the short running time really surprise anyone? Really?

      There have been about a dozen exposes about this phenomena on various news shows. There isn't much to say other than taking a macabre joy in trying to imagine what it must be like to be awake through agonizing torture (surgery). Make no mistake: This is very cleverly disguised torture porn and I knew it from the preview.

      Lucky for us this should be the last salvo that ushers out this idiotic subgenre of horror. At least, at the mainstream level...
      Positive outcomes. Only.

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      • #4
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        Does a tight, perfectly effective thriller that clocks in at seventy-eight minutes give you less for your money than the same thing padded by twelve useless minutes?

        Not saying that's true about Awake, because I haven't seen it yet. But still...

        Maybe if more features ran that short, we'd get back to the double feature tradition.

        Personally, the majority of thrillers and horror films I see come across as seventy/eighty minutes fluffed up to ninety... and it hurts the films, usually.
        "Forget it, Jake. It's Hollywood."

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by pwrmyth View Post
          Short attention span theater.

          In reading the reviews at rottentomatoes, I couldn't help but suspect that Ebert's review may have had something to do with a legitimate personal fear or two. I like Ebert, but, as Sesame Street would say it, One of these things is not like the other, one of these things, doesn't belong...

          Or maybe it's really good, I don't know. But 78 minutes? After paying $11 and sitting through commercials and trailers and such?

          Wow.
          I had the same cancers as him (although mine struck in my 20's) and let me tell you, that trailer was really scary. It freaked out my roommate, too, who is living with end-stage kidney failure. We're both 28 now.

          "We're all immigrants now, man."
          - Zia (Patrick Fugit), "Wristcutters: A Love Story"

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by pwrmyth View Post
            ...as Sesame Street would say it, One of these things is not like the other, one of these things, doesn't belong...
            It's actually "...one of these things just doesn't belong..."

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Biohazard View Post
              It's actually "...one of these things just doesn't belong..."
              I stand corrected.
              I'm like an opening band for the sun.
              -- Eddie Vedder: "Push Me / Pull Me"

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by velysai View Post
                I had the same cancers as him (although mine struck in my 20's) and let me tell you, that trailer was really scary. It freaked out my roommate, too, who is living with end-stage kidney failure. We're both 28 now.
                When I first saw the trailer, my reaction was: "Whoever made this has tapped into a primal fear." My question was: "But what's the story?"
                I'm like an opening band for the sun.
                -- Eddie Vedder: "Push Me / Pull Me"

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                • #9
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                  It's a very scary (and real) concept that apparently though has been turned into a generic and soap opera-ish thriller (not a horror film).

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by j over View Post
                    It's a very scary (and real) concept that apparently though has been turned into a generic and soap opera-ish thriller (not a horror film).
                    Reviewers keep mentioning the operating room as extreme cheeseball. How odd when scene location drives multiple critics to mention it in their reviews.

                    (rottentomatoes)
                    I'm like an opening band for the sun.
                    -- Eddie Vedder: "Push Me / Pull Me"

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                    • #11
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                      This looks like total shlt.

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                      • #12
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                        What's scary, is that it happens more frequently then you'd expect.

                        Waking up in the middle of surgery. Now that's scarier then any of that torture porn crap.
                        @TerranceMulloy

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                        • #13
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                          What'd be even scarier is waking up halfway through the movie... Hayden Christensen emotes! Ack!
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Signal30 View Post
                            What'd be even scarier is waking up halfway through the movie... Hayden Christensen emotes! Ack!
                            True, he is rigid as a stack of bricks, and it can be hard watching him because he can't seem to express any range or emotion. At least in the films I've seen him in. Maybe that's why the role suited him, he only needs lay down on an operating table, and look paralyzed?

                            However, I thought he did a passable job in Shattered Glass.
                            @TerranceMulloy

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                            • #15
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                              I'll have to agree... he was pretty good in Shattered Glass. Excellent movie.
                              "Forget it, Jake. It's Hollywood."

                              My YouTube channel.

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