In this post-apocalyptic tale, Milla Jovovich continues to show she is one of the top action stars out there, but the writing and story don’t deserve her.


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Plot Summary

2039, all plant life has died, and the Earth is uninhabitable due to its low oxygen levels. Some of humanity has survived, but for many, the technology they produced that creates oxygen is failing, making people desperate.

Enter Darius, Maya, and Zora. Together, they have survived in Brooklyn, isolated, for three years, but then comes Tess and Lucas, allegedly from Philly, hoping the technology and knowledge of Darius may save them. But, with not seeing people in three years, Tess and Lucas having a gun, and Lucas having an attitude, whether they may create salvation or end up a handful of dead bodies, you spend an hour and 33 minutes waiting to find out.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Cursing
  • Violence: Gun Violence, Blood, Torture
  • Sexual Content: None
  • Miscellaneous: Depiction of Corpses, Drinking

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What exactly caused not only all plant life to die off but, in a matter of 6 years, for the planet to go from what we know today to the desert world of 2039?

Characters and Cast Members

Character’s Name Actor’s Name
Darius Common
Maya Jennifer Hudson
Zora Quvenzhané Wallis
Tess Milla Jovovich
Lucas Sam Worthington

Character Description(s)

Darius

Common as Darius
Common as Darius

An engineer and survivalist, Darius is the reason his family has survived on their own, thanks to him finding a way to make oxygen to maintain their bunker. But, as with all technology, replacement parts are needed, or death will be imminent, so he has to figure out a way to keep his family alive.

Maya

Jennifer Hudson as Maya
Jennifer Hudson as Maya

Maya is Darius’ wife, a horticulturist, who has faith she can grow something on the planet’s surface again. However, years of failures push the idea she is living the dream until Tess brings reality to her door.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Respect.”

Zora

Quvenzhané Wallis as Zora
Quvenzhané Wallis as Zora

Zora is Darius and Maya’s daughter.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Annie.”

Tess

Milla Jovovich as Tess
Milla Jovovich as Tess

Tess is a scientist, specifically in physics, who used to teach at Temple University but is now trying to duplicate Darius’ work for the bunker in Pennsylvania, where she is from.

Lucas

Sam Worthington as Lucas
Sam Worthington as Lucas

Lucas is Tess’ gunman who is a bit more prone toward violence over negotiation.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Lift.”

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

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Highlights

On The Fence

While Characters Get A Reaction Out Of You, Something Still Feels Missing

In “Breathe,” one could submit that the best thing about the film is that it is guaranteed to get a reaction from you. After all, Jovovich as Tess is in fine form, reminding us why we watched all those “Resident Evil” movies, even when it was clear the good times were behind us. Sam Worthington gets a good reaction out of you as Lucas, as you see him grow tired of Tess’ preferred way of handling things, and as for Hudson and Wallis? Well, let’s just say it is hard to know whether to blame their acting or the writing of the film as the issue. But they will cause you to want to verbalize your frustrations at the screen.

Why? Well, because they act like idiots in a horror movie who consistently lose the upper hand. However, what also doesn’t help is Maya goes from someone who seemingly dances around using curse words to swearing like a sailor. This, for me, became comical to the point of considering “Breathe” to be camp.

However, like beauty is in the eye of the eye of the beholder, what is camp and what is just utterly bad is subjective. So, while Worthington and Jovovich may put in the work, I’d submit Wallis and, in particular, Hudson, may seem like they wasted all of Jovovich and Worthington’s efforts.

Background Information

Film Length 1 Hour 33 Minutes
Date Released April 26, 2024
Where To Watch Video On Demand
Director(s) Stefon Bristol
Writer(s) Doug Simon
Based On Work By N/A
Genre(s) Action

Sci-Fi

Content Rating Rated PG-13

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