Breathe review: This one-room sci-fi film doesn’t take its MacGuffin seriously enough

Quvenzhane Wallise in Breathe

To survive outdoors, Zora needs an oxygen suit made by her father

Ryan Collerd/Signature Entertainment

Stefon Bristol
In cinemas (US); on demand from 20 May (UK)

Behind the hard-to-open bulkhead doors of a homemade bunker in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, live Zora (Quvenzhané Wallis) and Maya (Jennifer Hudson). If you can call it living: their every breath has to be calibrated and analysed, as the oxygen-producing machinery constructed by their missing father and husband Darius (a short, sweet performance by the rapper and actor Common) starts to fail.

Earth’s oxygen has vanished. So…

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