The planet has lastly conked out; it went not with a increase or a bang, however choking on a final gasp of polluted air. This frighteningly believable end-of-the-world situation might be essentially the most convincing element on this solidly acted however underwhelming post-apocalyptic thriller. It’s set in 2039, six years after the conk-out; in Brooklyn, one household is miraculously nonetheless alive in a bunker constructed by scientist and survivalist Darius (Widespread). He spent years planning for the top of the world; everybody thought he was a crackpot, says his teenage daughter Zora (Quvenzhané Wallis). “Too dangerous he wasn’t.” Handily, her mum is gardener Maya (Jennifer Hudson). So the three of them – together with Darius’s dad – preserve wholesome on homegrown greens.

The bunker is a fortress and every time they step exterior (to tinker with the photo voltaic panels or browse the abandoned native bookshop) it’s with an oxygen tank. The remainder of the world – all wrecked buildings and crumbling landmarks – is handled to an aggressively apocalyptic sepia tint by cinematographer Felipe Vara de Rey Zora. The household hasn’t seen one other soul in three years. And apart from a number of mother-daughter tiffs, they seem like residing in near-harmony – after six years being cooped up collectively.

To be sincere, I didn’t actually purchase it. The script appears so targeted on the household’s resilience it by no means actually confronts the horror of surviving, and being alive in a world with no oxygen, the place nothing grows. It provides a sort depthlessness to the emotional lifetime of the characters; none of it felt actual. Then issues sizzling up when a girl known as Tess (Milla Jovovich) reveals up with a mean-faced sidekick (Sam Worthington). Tess claims to have labored with Darius. She needs to come back in to see the air purification system. “You may belief me,” she says. Although anybody who’s ever seen a post-apocalyptic film is aware of that in determined instances, nobody might be trusted. The stand-off that follows is competently finished, however not particularly thrilling.

Breathe is on UK digital platforms from 20 Could.

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