The pandemic has equally brought us some clever films by non-traditional means as well as some lackluster generic offerings. People being limited with the amount of expenses, resources, and most importantly - workers & actors, forced them to reconsider their next offerings. As of last week Netflix brought us the latest pandemic offering from one of my favorite directors - Alexander Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes Remake, Crawl).
A woman awakes stuck inside a crychamber with no memory. But she's been awoken by the chambers AI 'Milo' specifically because there's a breach in the hull and she is quickly losing oxygen.
If you've seen a 'single person trapped in a tight confinement' film before (like Ryan Reynolds' "Buried"), then you know exactly what to expect, the difference though is that her cryochamber is equipped with highly advanced technology, including lighting, and an AI interface that talks to her and operates as a computer, phone, etc. This opens the door to many opportunities and approaches we have yet to see in this subgenre before. But, the ending I found a bit predictable and once you see it there's not much worth revisiting.
But Aja knows how to craft suspense, like when we have to slowly watch our character reattach IV needles to herself and the camera doesn't pull away. There's a few good scares and the acting by Melanie Laurent ('Shosanna' from "Inglorious Basterds") is decent - there were parts of her character that pissed me off, but overall for only being one actor the whole time, she did quite well.
"Oxygen" is now streaming on Netflix.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra