‘Oxygen’ review: Melanie Laurent stars in a French thriller that won’t leave you breathless but will make you think

Directed by Alexandre Aja,whose United States efforts have actually consisted of the 2006 remake of “The Hills Have Eyes,” the French-language movie owes much of its attract the amazing Mélanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds” and more just recently Netflix’s “6 Underground”), who controls the screen for the huge bulk of the film, in what may be the best function for these socially distanced times.

Laurent’s anonymous character awakens in a cryogenic pod, attached to tubes and uncertain of who she is or how she arrived. Her only buddy is a disembodied computer system voice, referred to as M.I.L.O. (Mathieu Amalric from the Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” in case it sounds familiar), who notifies her that her oxygen is quickly diminishing, indicating there’s an aspect of seriousness in remembering what took place and discovering an escape.

Aside from short lived looks of what seems her past, the action happens nearly completely within that pod, as Laurent’s character attempts to fix the issue, with the understanding that she has supplying ideas concerning her identity.

The cam invests much of the time up close on Laurent’s face, producing an environment as suffocating as the hazard. While the film (composed by Christie LeBlanc) labors a bit in its middle part as it keeps putting up barriers, the last sprint handles to be equivalent parts cerebral and sobering, providing a benefit that makes the journey worth taking.

Stating more threats distributing excessive, so relying on a critic concerning “Oxygen” needs a specific act of faith, which mirrors a few of the options provided to the pod’s resident in regards to clashing info that she gets.

“Oxygen” will not rather leave you out of breath, however it needs to leave you believing — and shocked. For this sort of film, that’s possibly the most valuable fuel of all.

“Oxygen” premieres May 12 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.