Caught within the countless Netflix scroll? Trying to find one thing to truly watch, not partially watch whilst you’re in your cellphone? Open that Netflix search question and kind “Oxygen.”
In any other case often known as Oxygène, this 2021 French survival thriller stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) as a girl trapped in a claustrophobic pod with a dwindling provide of oxygen. Her efficiency mixed with the evocative rating and requisite twists tethered me to her dire plight for each one in all its 101 minutes.
Oxygen builds stress proper from the off. Our protagonist, wrapped in unusual materials whereas mendacity on her again, positive factors consciousness. It is darkish, and a blinking crimson 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 finally be unable to breathe. She’s additionally missing just about 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 referred to as MILO (for “Medical Interface Liaison Operator”), which provides off irritating vibes akin to an automated cellphone menu. MILO is cussed about how Laurent’s character phrases questions, nevertheless it does help her in some methods. With the assistance/non-help of MILO, she desperately seeks a means out of her tight spot.
Extra perceptive viewers might really feel in another way, 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 huge twists.
The thriller retains viewers invested, as does the spacious sci-fi rating and pressing tempo.
Then there’s Laurent’s character. A film fully a couple of 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 loss of life and different extremely unfair elements of her predicament.
There are a few issues I did not love about this movie. As an illustration, Laurent’s trapped character makes no try in any way to relax and preserve her life assist (which is, in fact, straightforward for this viewer sitting in a comfortable chair to be aggravated about).
All through the movie, Laurent’s character sees fragments of recollections that do not appear to assist her a lot past one scene near the very finish. And that scene is unceremonious — she wants to seek out one thing within the current and abruptly simply remembers it from the previous.
However these points did not dampen my viewing expertise an excessive amount of. In all, Oxygen did the one factor I all the time desire a flick to do: It gripped me from the protagonist’s first strained breath throughout to the top. I would strap again in and watch it over again.