FILM REVIEW | OXYGEN

Uncertainty surrounds this film from beginning to end, throughout you are wondering what exactly is going on, who is controlling the events this lone woman is going through. So for a one location, one person show, Oxygen manages to tell an interesting tale in a suspenseful manner.





Written by Elliot Lines

A lone woman, Liz Hansen (Mélanie Laurent), wakes in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there. As she's running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.


Throughout, the film keeps you guessing as to what is actually going on here, you can keep guessing but it wasn't always clear as to the depth of the situation Liz has found herself in. The film manages to slowly divulge deeper into the story, giving us the answers we are aching to know but not giving itself away to easily.


Oxygen takes place inside a box, which you would've thought would get old quickly, but surprisingly it doesn't. There is enough going on here to keep the viewer engaged and interested, also being pleasantly surprised by the final outcome.


Much of this is down to the performance from Mélanie Laurent, who gives an emotional performance which showcases the nightmare this character is going through. To provide such a good performance with nothing to bounce off is a feat in itself, all the focus is on her and she shines.


There is only so much you can do with this limited space and cast, but Oxygen uses what it has to create a suspenseful and dramatic film, making for a rather entertaining watch.