Oxygen (2021)

“How many of the others are also awake? ” – Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Hansen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A woman wakes up from a cryogenic slumber with no memory of how she got there and must try and figure things out before she runs out of oxygen.

My Take on it – This is a film that I hadn’t heard of before my friend Mark Hofmeyer of Movies Films and Flix and Deep Blue Sea – The Podcast suggested it to me since he found out that I’m a fan of minimalist films like this.

I was immediately captivated by the way that this story unfolds and the fact that it almost entirely takes place in one place keeps things so thrilling to watch unfold.

Yes, the film uses flashbacks in order to show the viewer how this character is trying to reconstruct her memories, but that doesn’t take anything away from the story at all.

The way that this character tries to find out where she is trapped is similar to the way that Buried (2010) does things, but the change in technology and situations helps each film feel very unique in what they are trying to achieve.

The film expertly utilizes its dialogue to give the viewer such a clear vision of everything that is transpiring here from a verbal perspective which helps raise the suspense of the story as things progress.

Melanie Laurent is amazing in the lead role and is able to hold this entire story together all by herself.

The film is able to use minimal special effects that are quite effective in helping things seem futurist, yet still grounded within the technologies that we are accustomed to.

Can’t wait to watch this again and it’s a shame that I couldn’t see this in the theater.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anne Hathaway was originally attached to the project. She later dropped out and was replaced by Noomi Rapace. After the project was put into turnaround, Mélanie Laurent was cast in the lead role when Alexandre Aja came on board. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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