Oxygen is an upcoming science fiction thriller film directed and produced by Alexandre Aja, from a screenplay by Christie LeBlanc. An American-French co-production, It stars Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric and Malik Zidi.
A clever example of creativity thriving within the strict protocols of the coronavirus pandemic, tense confinement thriller “Oxygen” plays like “Buried” in outer space: a ticking-clock sci-fi survival drama centered on a single character (“Inglourious Basterds” star Mélanie Laurent) trapped in a spiffy, coffin-like cryochamber with critically low reserves of breathable air. The blank-brained “bioform” awakens ahead of schedule, sealed in some kind of futuristic membrane, with only a helpful HAL 9000-like talking computer called MILO (short for Medical Interface Liaison Operator, voiced by Mathieu Amalric) to assist her.
Making his first French-language feature since “High Tension,” extreme-horror helmer Alexandre Aja injects a bit too much outside-the-box style into Christie LeBlanc’s bare-bones, Black List-selected screenplay. But the timing is fortuitous: Here’s a high-concept Netflix movie, originally intended for another actress (Noomi Rapace, who retains an exec producer credit), that was shot in the window between France’s initial COVID-19 lockdown and the industry-hammering second wave.
A woman wakes in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there, and must find a way out before running out of air.