Review : Air (2015)

Air was released in 2015 and was directed by Christian Cantamessa, produced by Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) and stars Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou.

The movie takes place in a near future, where air has become poisoned and is no longer breathable. The majority of humanity didn’t survive and those who did (the valuable people such as scientists and engineers) have been put in tanks, in a state of suspended animation. Two technicians, Cartwright and Bauer are in charge of one of the facilities and are in charge of taking care of those tanks to ensure the survival of the people inside while attempting to maintain their sanity in this dull and claustrophobic environment.a

Setting the events of the film in an old missile silo was a great idea as it creates a sense of claustrophobia. Everything is grey, the lighting is minimal and it emphasizes the dull existence of the main characters. It also has a space sci-fi feel to it, though it takes place underground, on Earth.

The movie only revolves around two characters, which is its strength. The apocalypse is only secondary and is never fully addressed. Instead, Air focuses on its characters and the film spends its first act developing them so the viewer gets to know them.

The acting was very good, both from Norman Reedus and Djimon Housou. Their characters were quite the opposite and each played their part really well.

However, there were many aspects of the movie that turned me off. First, Cartwright (Djimon Housou) has hallucinations of his dead wife. Many times in the movie, the hallucination points him in the right direction or gives him clues to find what he’s looking for…in what world does this make sense ? How does a figment of his imagination know where spare parts are stored ? I found that extremely unrealistic and a deus-ex-machina of sort, a bad one at that ! Also, the moral dilemma that sets events in motion was very weak in my opinion.

To conclude, I’m not sure I would recommend Air. It wasn’t a bad movie but it has too many weak moments to be enjoyable.

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