Oxygen – Film Review
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Christie Leblanc
Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
On Netflix form today, 12th of May.
We meet the protagonist of this film, Liz Hansen (Mélanie Laurent), as she wakes from cryogenic sleep in a confined space. She is trapped in some type of incubation chamber with no memory of how she got there. The computer has woken her as she’s running out of Oxygen and the situation is slowly becoming critical. She must solve the riddle of how she got there to have any hope of surviving!
This is a French language Sci fi film that plunges you deep into a mystery, the answer to which will only become clear towards the end of the film. As you would expect, there are many false starts and problems along the way. You may even guess the twist before it is finally revealed, but isn’t it half the fun when you get to feel smug and self satisfied for guessing correctly!
The film is something of a pot boiler and it is unlikely to be remembered in years to come. It is reminiscent of Cube, the 1997 Sci fi film that similarly used its lack of locations as a strength. Another film that comes to mind is Buried (2010), which starred Ryan Reynolds as a man who finds himself buried alive. There’s nothing particularly new in the premise at least, but it’s an enjoyable romp. The director of the piece, Alexandre Aja, previously worked on films such as The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and even Piranha 3D (2010), so you know you’re in safe hands for occasional scares along the way.