Synopsis: While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Joby Harold
Production: MGM
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min


People die.

You may think you can

control when or where

or how it happens, but you can't.

When your number is up,

your number is up,

and there's nothing

anyone can do about it.



[electrical crackle]

It's over, Jack.


I've lost patients before,

seen them die on my table,

under my knife.


I'm sorry, Jack.

But I've never lost a friend.

I lost Clayton at 6:32 a.m.

on Thursday,

the first day of November.

There's not much I can

tell you about that day.

I don't know if he

woke up that morning

thinking he might die.

I only know the day started

much like any other day,

and that he was probably thinking of her.

[deep exhale]



What were you doing under there?

Just thinking.

What about?

Wait, let me guess.

You were thinking about

making love to me all morning

and then taking me out

for a really big breakfast.

- Close.

- Yeah?

Actually, I was...

picturing you soaking wet

with all of your clothes on.

- No. Mm-mm.

- Mm-hmm.

- Mm-mm.

- Mm-hmm.


- Dah. Ah.

- Oh.

Damn it.

All right, hang on.

Tell me if it hurts, okay?

- Ah!

- Sh*t.

- [laughs]

- You're such an a**hole.

- Come here.

- I didn't scare you, did I?

You did.

There we go.

How's it look?

You'll live.

Thank you.

Have you seen my pager?

- Yep.

- Ah.

- Wait. Hang on.

- [laughs]

- There you go.

- Thanks.

I don't care, Tommy.

They open at 6,

we open at 5, all right?

There are jobs at stake, man.

Just get it done.

Then we'll talk to them at

the Halloween thing tonight.

Yeah, all right. I'll be in soon.

[street traffic]


Got time for a little breakfast?


You know I can't.

You know, share a paper,

trade sections?

Baby, I'm late as it is.

I don't even know

what section you like, Clay.

I deserve my happily

ever after, too.

I know you do.

And I'm going to tell her, soon.

I promise.

Have a good day.

You, too.

Good morning, Mom.

Don't forget we're

meeting the board at 2.

I can't do 2.

I'm meeting with Dr. Harper

this afternoon.


Just be there.

These Japanese companies

are ruthless.

We have to close this merger.


Is this about your old man?

Is it about him?


Jesus, I'm not going through this again, Jack.

Honestly, he would

want you to tell her.

No, my father would want me

to stop fishing

in the middle of the day

and go back to work, all right?

If he knew what I was doing

with Sam, he'd disown me,

lying to my mom like this.

He'd throw me in the f***ing river.

I want you to

take a good look around you, Clay.

You own half of this city.

You're creating jobs,

you're saving companies.

I think you've more than

filled his shoes, you know?

My dad's feet were four sizes bigger

than mine, Jack.

I can't even fill his socks.

Look, I got the rings, didn't I?

I got the license.

No, no, no, no.

It's not that difficult.

You set a date and you just do it.

It's not that easy, either.

- I mean, marriage...

- Look, she's your mother.

You tell her and, I swear to you,

she'll be happy.

You don't know my mother.

Listen, thanks for the fishing lesson.

- I'm leaving, all right?

- All right, man.

Look, just...

just come on with me.

[both laugh]

You know how many

bullshit malpractice lawsuits

there are in this country?

I mean, a hard-working

doctor is trying...

Are we going to go

through this again, Jack?

- Well, look, I've got...

- Four. Yes, I know.

All for trying to save people's lives.

It's a disgrace.

Well, you know why they sue us?

I have a very busy day.


It's because they don't know

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Joby Harold

Joby Harold is an English screenwriter, producer and director who runs Safehouse Pictures with his producing partner, Tory Tunnell. The company was co-founded in 2005. Since moving the company out to Los Angeles in 2008, Harold's Safehouse Pictures has become known for making splashy entertainment with big unique worlds, great characters, and relevant themes. After writing and producing King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Harold went on to write a new take on the Robin Hood legend for Lionsgate, which he and Tunnell are producing with Otto Bathurst directing and Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, and Ben Mendelsohn starring. The film was released in March 2018. The duo have also set up a number of films around town including: Space Invaders at Warner Bros; Puff The Magic Dragon at Fox with Trolls (film) helmer Mike Mitchell directing; Count at Warner Bros with William Eubank directing, etc. Harold also produced My Blind Brother starring Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Jenny Slate, which was the highest selling film out of SXSW 2016 and was released by Lionsgate/Starz in the fall of 2016. In TV, Harold's Safehouse Pictures is on the second season of its award-winning show, Underground, which has become the flagship show for WGN. Previously, Harold executive produced and wrote on Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Harold also wrote and directed Awake for The Weinstein Company starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin, which Tunnell also produced. Harold is currently writing the upcoming DC Extended Universe movie Flashpoint. more…

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