Movie Reviews

Oxygen (2021)

oxygen-movie-review-netflix-2021-posterDirector: Alexandre Aja

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Main  Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Malik Zidi, Laura Boujenah, Eric Herson-Macarel, Mathieu Amalric

Plot: A woman (Mélanie Laurent) wakes up to find herself trapped in a cryogenic chamber with to recollection of how she got there. To make things worse, there’s been a malfunction within the chamber and the oxygen is running out fast.

My Thoughts: Today is a huge day in the UK! Our cinemas have reopened their doors. There’s still not much to see until summer but I’ll be there tonight with a travel mug full of tea! Normal service will resume shortly here with blockbuster reviews aplenty but I have to admit, it’s been a lot of fun having the time to watch smaller releases. I’ll definitely pledge to make more time for them in the future, but until then I’m bringing you a few thoughts on a new French movie on Netflix called Oxygen. Think about that Ryan Reynolds movie Buried (2010), but make it a high-tech sci-fi movie instead!

It’s impossible to talk much about this movie without giving too much away, you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s well worth a watch. In the words of the great Bong Joon Ho, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films”. Of course, you also have the option of Netflix dubbing the audio for you, too. It’s not a dialogue-heavy movie either, so it’s perfect for movie fans wanting to dip their toe into foreign releases.

But anyway, let me tell you what I can, safely. It’s a great mystery, this woman who finds herself trapped has so many questions to answer. For a start, who is she? She’s struggling to recall any memories. What happened to the chamber to cause the damage to the oxygen tank? How is she going to get out? Having some questions answered just leads to more being raised. The chamber comes with an AI by the name of M.I.L.O. who, whilst helpful, can only do so much, and also becomes more of a hindrance in some moments. Just take my word and give it a go!

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Best Bit: I…really can’t tell you that. But I’ll tell you something else. All great dramas have those few minutes of comedic respite, and Oxygen does too. You’ll find yourself chuckling at the line “Would you like a sedative?” eventually, I promise!

Worst Bit: This is one of those movies where I wouldn’t mind an ambiguous ending, the final shot didn’t stir much in me to be honest. I also found the first 20 mins or so to be quite slow, but it’s just the tension building and it’s forgivable by the end of the movie.

Fun 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.

My Rating: This was originally a 4 out of 5 panic buttons, but after thinking on it for a few days, it’s a 4 and a half!

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Movie Reviews

6 Underground (2019)

6-underground-2019-netflix-movieDirector: Michael Bay

Genre: Action, Thriller

Runtime: 127 Minutes

Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Dave Franco

Plot: 6 underground agents work together on the world’s most dangerous, top-secret missions. All of them have buried their pasts behind them and are completely off the grid. Essentially, this is Michael Bay’s Suicide Squad.

My Thoughts: I’m avoiding writing anything about Rise of Skywalker at the moment for fear of creating something 1,000 words long and completely incoherent, so let me tell you about this piece of trash movie I watched earlier this week instead. If you have a Netflix account then it’s impossible to not know anything about it. I’ve seen it, and Netflix is still shoving it in my face. It’s the second most expensive Netflix movie out there, second to The Irishman.

Is it any good? That depends entirely on what you want from the movie. If you want a decent plot, character development, and a logical story that doesn’t overstay its welcome, you’re going to be disappointed. But if you want to watch Ryan Reynolds play himself, car chases, explosions, fight scenes and corny jokes in spades, then you’re going to love it. For me, it was half an hour too long to pass as a good movie. I just wasn’t interested enough, but it still had a lot of memorable moments.

I should probably tell you to avoid the movie but…there’s still something about it that’s fun. In amongst all the nausea-inducing shaky-cam moments and attempts at invoking emotion, there are jokes that land and action scenes that are actually stunning. It’s a mess, but it’s a beautiful mess.

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Best Bit: The movie opens with a car chase scene and honestly? It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen. Maybe I haven’t seen enough action movies but this monstrous scene shows the realities behind a car chase this wild, pedestrians being flung around like crisp packets!

Worst Bit: Where do I even begin? There are plenty of cringy moments, but the one that made me laugh loudest was when a rooftop swimming pool was smashed open which caused more flooding than Sharknado!

Fun Trivia: A year prior to the release Ryan Reynolds posted a video of himself talking about how quiet Michael Bay’s movies are, while in the background a car explodes. This scene is in the movie and you can actually see Ryan Reynolds in the background filming the crash.

My Rating: 2 and a half bottles of Aviation Gin, only the tip of the iceberg that is shameless product placement in this movie.

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