Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Breathing Room

Released: 2008
Reviwed: 12.13.09
Star rating: 2 out of 5

Ailsa Marshall (14/Tonya), Michael McLafferty (8/Lee/12 corpse), David Higlen (5/Harry), Brad Culver (6), Kim Estes (10/Henry), Keith Foster (Host), Stevens Gaston (13), Austin Highsmith (11), Steve Cembrinski (0/Robert).

Tonya wakes suddenly to find herself in a room with 13 strangers, all of whom are wearing electronic collars. Soon it is explained this is a game in which they are all players and winning is determined by the last person alive. As each person in the group struggles to find a solution without killing others it becomes apparent not everyone in the room is who they appear to be.

This one kicks off a bit slow with what appears to be character development before shifting into what little plot development exists. I hate to compare films but this one really is a cheaply done Cube or Saw type film that doesn't do as well as either. The plot is somewhat thin and disjointed which makes some sense later in the film. The problem is that with the lack of energy or depth in the film it is hard to stay interested to the end. The few high points were guessing who would die next and an ending with an interesting twist.

Acting in this one was, well, missing. McLafferty did the best but with a total lack of support from the rest of the cast he almost appeared to be overacting. Marshall was competent with her physical assets being the only thing keeping her interesting. Higlen wasn't bad but felt unpolished as did the rest of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all minimalistic and the film felt somewhat low budget. The hose clamp collars didn't help any either. Sound and dialogue were okay if unexciting. Special effects were okay and helped the film somewhat.

Overall this is a forgettable psychological thriller that needed a bit more psychological and a lot more thriller. Unless you are a diehard fan of the genre, pass on this one. With some foul language, mild sexual references and nudity, save this for the oldest teens and above.

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