Once I’m sifting by way of Netflix for a film to observe, my very own wishy-washiness typically hinders my hunt. I have no idea what I’m looking for. I do know it is one thing fascinating sufficient to make me neglect the entertainment-spewing apps on my cellphone. However that does not slender it down a lot, does it?
Oxygen (Oxygène), a 2021 French survival thriller, gripped me from the protagonist’s first strained breath. The flick stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Now You See Me) as a lady trapped in a claustrophobic pod with a dwindling provide of oxygen. Attributable to Laurent’s central efficiency, the beautiful rating and a number of twists, I used to be totally engrossed in her dire plight.
Oxygen establishes the strain early. Our protagonist, wrapped in unusual materials whereas mendacity on her again, positive factors consciousness. It is darkish, and a blinking pink mild illuminates her wrestle to interrupt by way of her creepy second pores and skin. She emerges gasping for air.
Quickly, the viewers is aware of a number of extra issues about this blue-eye, blonde-haired lady. She’s locked in a cryogenic pod and can quickly be unable to breathe. She’s additionally missing nearly any useful reminiscence about who she is and the way she ended up there.
Speaking her by way of her horrible circumstance is an AI known as MILO (for “Medical Interface Liaison Operator”), which supplies off irritating vibes akin to an automated phone menu (properly, MILO is cussed about how she phrases questions, however it does help her in some methods). With the assistance/non-help of MILO, she desperately seeks a method out of her tight spot.
More perceptive viewers could really feel otherwise, however I started the movie as flabbergasted as Laurent’s character about what may have landed her in that pod. The solutions come within the type of large twists.
The thriller retains viewers invested, as does the spacious sci-fi rating and pressing tempo.
Then there’s Laurent. A film fully a few lady caught in a futuristic field must have a reasonably compelling lady in that field. I felt her terror, desperation and anger as she contended with the likelihood of a horrible demise and different unfair elements of her predicament.
There are a few issues I did not love about this movie. For example, Laurent’s trapped character makes no try in anyway to settle down and preserve her life help (which is in fact simple for this viewer sitting in a snug front room chair to be aggravated about).
All through the movie, Laurent’s character sees fragments of reminiscences that do not appear to assist her a lot past one scene near the very finish. And that scene is unceremonious — she wants to search out one thing within the current, and out of the blue simply remembers it from the previous.
However these points did not damper my viewing expertise an excessive amount of. In all, Oxygen did the one factor I at all times desire a film to do, however can by no means convey by way of a Netflix search question: It grabbed my full consideration for a full hour and a half. I might strap again in and do it once more.