Int’l Critics Line: Todd McCarthy On Alexandre Aja’s Netflix Thriller ‘Oxygen’

Int’l Critics Line: Todd McCarthy On Alexandre Aja’s Netflix Thriller ‘Oxygen’
If you’ve felt physically trapped over the past 14 months, you’ll feel right at home in Oxygen (Oxygène), a locked-in-a-box conceptual thriller that more or less succeeds almost entirely due to Mélanie Laurent’s resourceful performance as a woman who has no idea why she’s become trapped in a tiny cryogenic pod.

The Netflix offering, which debuts May 12, does feel rather like an exercise the filmmakers have set for themselves just to see if they could pull it off; to that end, they would have benefitted from strictly limiting themselves to a 90-minute running time. It’s also likely that this is a film that would play better to captive audiences in a darkened theater, rather than at home where you can put it on pause, take a break or grab a beer. All the same, this French-language slice of speculative fiction boasts smarts and skills that will
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