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Air

Air

Save your breath.Aug. 14, 2015 USA94 Min.PG-13
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8.6 1,429 votes

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Cast

Djimon Hounsou isCartwright
Cartwright
Peter Benson isAnchorman
Anchorman
Michael Hogan isThe President
The President
Ryan Beil isMale Reporter
Male Reporter
David Nykl isSleeper
Sleeper
Steve Burgess isSports Commentator
Sports Commentator

Synopsis

In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent and two engineers tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own lives while administering to their vital task at hand.

Air
Air
Original titleAir
IMDb Rating5.1 9,945 votes
TMDb Rating4.8 183 votes

(49) comments

  • alympikAugust 15, 2015Reply

    6.5 But I rounded up my vote.

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  • rob-james-ariasAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Very Dull

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  • karmattAugust 15, 2015Reply

    Very good

    I’m not sure what is with other people, but I thought this movie was
    very good. Maybe they just can’t enjoy something that is not a big
    blockbuster budget mega action movie.

    I enjoyed the entire movie. I thought the story, acting, set were all
    good and kept me watching and thinking the entire time. Never once did
    I think it was boring or wish that it would hurry up already. I thought
    both main characters were very good and I was never sure who I really
    wanted to root for.

    There were only a few places where I thought things wouldn’t have gone
    the way they did them but maybe that is just me.

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this movie if you like to think and
    feel rather than just be entertained.

  • djangozelf-12351August 15, 2015Reply

    Really boring B-drama.

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  • johnathanleighAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Well worth watching if you enjoy sci-fi dystopia genre

    Despite other reviews I’ve read i liked this movie. Read no further
    than this review, or the synopsis because the less you know the more
    immersed a film will feel.

    It’s about two men who service a facility which hold the last remnants
    of humanity and civilization. The air outside is toxic, there are other
    facilities just like theirs out there.

    Although the cinematography was average, and i think some scenes could
    have emphasized claustrophobia better; nonetheless, the production
    value was great which is necessary for films in the sci-fi genre. The
    soundtrack i really liked and it really sealed the deal on my interest.
    From the start there was growing suspense that kept me fixated.

    Up until the conflict, i felt like i was alongside them in this
    dystopia. I don’t think the chemistry between Bauer and Cartwright was
    really that fluid and the dialogue (banter) itself was sloppy and
    forced. But they really shined when they were in their separate scenes
    and that is what held my intrigue.

  • coontageAugust 16, 2015Reply

    Solid overall movie

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  • WoodBangers EntertainmentAugust 17, 2015Reply

    not bad

    From the creator of The Walking Dead we now have moved from a post-
    apocalyptic walking dead world to a toxic air world. Air (2015) is a
    slow paced film, it does hold an eerie feeling with the thought of
    living in a world like this but honestly the film was hard to keep
    watching. I believe the only thing that kept my attention was the
    relationship between the two characters known in the film as Bauer and
    Cartwright. The film has a very small cast, actually the movie has more
    staff than cast; yet for what was put into the film it was done well.

    Without giving away much on this movie I can say that for the most part
    it isn’t a bad film, the acting was great, the story was fairly done,
    and the cinematography was well too. I did hope to see a bit more in
    Air (2015) being that it is from the creator of The Walking Dead.

  • Guimo PantuhanAugust 17, 2015Reply

    An airless and void apocalyptic film despite its interesting premise.

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  • ssweet-74901August 18, 2015Reply

    Awful

    Maybe I was supposed to find a deep meaning to this movie, but I
    thought it was stupid. It was dark through the entire movie, 3
    characters, very little understandable dialogue. I wasted $7.99 and my
    time. The only reason I chose this movie is because I am a fan of
    Norman Reedus from ”Walking Dead”. Don’t waste your time on this
    terrible movie! It is slow. It is depressing. There is no action. I
    understand the story line, they were protecting the chosen people meant
    to restart civilization. How about some flashbacks to what happened.
    How about some intelligent conversation between the actors. Most of the
    movie had Hounsou crawling though air vents wearing a mask.

  • Gordon-11August 26, 2015Reply

    A confusing and slow paced thriller

    This film tells the story of two men in a facility in a post
    apocalyptic world, whose job is to get up once every six months to keep
    top scientists alive in their respective sleeping chambers.

    ”Air” has an interesting story, but it doesn’t have enough to keep a
    ninety minutes runtime. It is slow paced to the point that it appears
    to be dragging on just for the sake of filling up screen time. The
    story is told in a confusing manner, and often I have to form my own
    interpretations of what is happening. There are far too many unanswered
    questions regarding many aspects of the plot, hence the plot appears
    messy. It’s quite a pity because ”Air” has the potential to be
    captivating.

  • Claudio CarvalhoAugust 29, 2015Reply

    Messy, Pointless and Boring

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  • tustin-rentAugust 30, 2015Reply

    I Liked It!

    Found the sense of isolation, seclusion, possible hallucination (?) and
    building paranoia immersive as I find them intriguing as themes to
    begin with; kept me glued.

    The sense of ”unknowing” is vital in this one since leaves viewers with
    an unsettled feeling. Hence, I like that this gives only enough context
    without an all-out explanation as a prelude.

    Good story about characters thrown together into circumstances beyond
    their control and how they handle the unexpected.

    I found the pace just right, not too fast and not too slow either.
    Bottom line, I’d watch it again!

  • freezageeza1966August 31, 2015Reply

    Top actors,so so movie

    Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou star as two maintenance technicians
    holed up in an underground bunker after the world above has torn itself
    apart with nuclear weapons.In this bunker with them in ”deep sleep”
    chambers,are the selected few that hold mankinds hope for the future
    (scientists/government officials etc).As the air outside is now
    irradiated and unbreathable,its their job to maintain the chambers and
    ensure the air in the bunker remains safe until the occupants can be
    woken up.As clean air is at a premium,Reedus and Hounsou have their own
    sleep chambers,and must sleep/wake up at timed intervals to ensure the
    maintenance is continuous.

    But all is not well in this ”safe” haven.During a wake period,their
    computer data on the air outside appears false,and something is wrong
    with one of their sleep chambers.

    Sabotage?……or are one or both of them losing their minds?

    Air is a dark and claustrophobic movie.The makers did a good job of
    conveying a sense of being ”closed in”.The banks of computer screens
    and and sleep chambers had a very retro look and feel about them which
    added to the sense of fragility to the world in which theses
    technicians lived.

    The problem was that neither Reedus or Hounsou managed to convey any
    real sense of fear or concern to the situations at hand.Their acting
    skills are normally extremely top notch but here just turn in an
    average performance.And that was a pity because the opportunity was
    there for these two to really shine (they were the only 2 main
    characters after all).

    All in all this is of those ”could have been” movies.It’s by no means
    unwatchable.The production values were high,just a shame it was let let
    down by the below par acting.

  • Melody Ayres-GriffithsSeptember 18, 2015Reply

    An ”Outer Limits”-esque claustrophobic thriller with the typical small cast and the usual moral questions of life and death

    Dirty-bomb terrorism attacks have forced the US government to retro-fit
    cold-war era nuclear fallout shelters with suspended animation pods in
    order to wait out the irradiated atmosphere. Each facility has two
    maintenance technicians, who wake at periodic intervals to check the
    atmosphere outside and repair faulty equipment. However, when one of
    the technician’s pods malfunctions, he is forced to venture outside and
    discovers the world isn’t how they believed it to be.

    Air is an ”Outer Limits”-esque claustrophobic thriller with the typical
    small cast and the usual moral questions of life and death, and how
    humans react when pushed to the edge. However, with a notable cast, Air
    manages to rise above the TV or straight-to-DVD level by way of some
    decent production values and a script that’s not entirely terrible.
    There’s nothing too surprising about the plot twists, but it’s a fine
    example of the genre and like a comfortable old shoe, you won’t regret
    taking a walk in it, even if it’s around familiar territory.

  • doctorcd2005September 18, 2015Reply

    Low budget nonsense

    Looking at the movie synopsis ”In the near future….etc” I was
    expecting at least the look and feel of the film to be somewhat
    futuristic or at least using technology of today. Yet from the opening
    scene shows old style chunky cathode ray monitors of yesteryear as
    their computer interfaces but wait a minute, one of the guys is walking
    around with an ipad… come on, from which junkyard did they scrounge
    up the CRT’s ?. It was a bad credibility start but managed to grind
    through the implausibility for the most. The set is as claustrophobic
    as the plot with B grade acting to boot a B movie. Give this one a
    miss.

  • tararossSeptember 19, 2015Reply

    Really Awful

    My husband knew the movie was going to be bad right from the start. He
    said, ”sounds like B-rated music”. When they paused unnecessarily on a
    stupid cat poster, that’s the point when I realized he was right.

    This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time. I love
    Norman. He’s a fantastic actor. So disappointing.

    I also love the sci-fi genre and really wanted to like this movie. I’ve
    allowed myself to like other strange flicks out there (The Signal,
    Solaris). However, Air had no substance, no in-depth story, no real
    purpose. Air is a great title for it as it’s nothing more than terribly
    wasted time and air. Hopefully Norman sticks to The Walking Dead, and
    doesn’t venture into something dreadfully boring like this again.

  • quincytheodoreSeptember 20, 2015Reply

    The main problem of Air is it doesn’t have enough gas to keep the momentum going.

    For a movie called Air, it sure feels tiresomely suffocating. The
    overall concept is about two men who wake up from stasis sleep to do
    critical housekeeping on a post-apocalyptic facility. It brings the
    usual gloomy ambiance and the two actors do possess good acting
    performance, but the movie is utterly boring. Low on production and
    very tediously paced, it’s almost like a forced prolonged short movie.

    Bauer (Norman Reedus) and Cartwright (Djimon Hounsou) work on the ark
    facility where periodically they would wake up to keep things running.
    With small cast and setting, the main focus here is the human drama
    between these two as they troubleshoot any faults in the station while
    questioning their own sanity.

    Plot-wise it’s not very complex, there’s not much developments or
    twists, at least not outside the stereotypical sci-fi movies. The back
    story is told with various clips or narration from both characters,
    which can feel detached and lackluster at times. Norman Reedus and
    Djimon Hounsou have decent on-screen presences, however the material is
    spread too thinly and they struggle to produce any excitement from the
    barren plot.

    That’s the main problem of Air, it simply doesn’t have enough gas to
    keep the momentum going. Note that the runtime is the average ninety
    minutes for a very small scale movie, furthermore it utilizes
    repetitive themes for filling. It teases the slightly dysfunctional
    relationship between the two or what mental problem they may have, but
    these are basic thriller aspects that don’t present much thrill in
    exception of one or two decent scenes.

    While the retro 80s futuristic theme can be intriguing and its two
    leads are capable, most of the movie feels like extended padding. It
    probably could’ve done the same with half the runtime, the rest is
    merely cumbersome trudge over dystopian gig.

  • ruriakSeptember 21, 2015Reply

    Great and peculiar movie (just slipped at the very end)

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  • rekikayoubSeptember 21, 2015Reply

    Recommended Movie to watch

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  • lakeofredSeptember 21, 2015Reply

    Another cheapskate film

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  • jackmeatSeptember 25, 2015Reply

    Nice scifi/drama showing the desolation of the future

    My quick rating – 5,3/10. Nice to see that someone learned something
    from @oklahoma ward and used the lighting provided by the characters to
    illuminate the scene. Or maybe director Christian Cantamessa has seen
    #CRAWLorDIE and didn’t rely on a film crew to light each scene
    unrealistically. Anyway the movie is more drama of the isolation of two
    men who are hired to keep air (which is a hot commodity in this movie)
    pumping to people in tubes(sleep) who will die without it. The men, who
    are both played very well are on the brink of losing sanity in the
    desolation of this future world where AIR is their gold. Hence why it
    is considered scifi. This is more of a low budget yet very effective
    take on a bleak world with actors who portray the loneliness well. A
    bit slow overall but not a movie that is made for fear or action but
    wants you to think.

  • thekarmicnomadSeptember 26, 2015Reply

    Very stylish, atmospheric Sci-fi

    This is a tense, intelligent Sci-Fi film set at the end of
    civilisation.

    Man kind waits out the chemical weapons that ravage the planet in under
    ground bunkers. The smartest and most useful of humanity are
    cryogenic-ally frozen ready to restart the human race once the
    atmosphere is habitable again.

    The story centres on the two maintenance engineers who are tasked with
    keeping the facility running. They are woken up every x amount of
    years, provided with just enough oxygen to run system checks and make
    sure everything is running.

    On this particular maintenance cycle things don’t go to plan (it would
    be a boring film if they did) giving some real elements of drama.

    The underground world the characters inhabit is is dark and
    claustrophobic, full of ageing, stuttering computers. The direction
    does an expert job of reminding you just how fragile and tenuous your
    existence is.

    Mostly a character study, there is a restricted cast meaning you get a
    chance to get under the characters’ skin. Aspects of loneliness,
    family, paranoia are all explored but the plot isn’t compromised.

  • Thanos AlfieSeptember 26, 2015Reply

    Poor movie…

    ”Air” is or better wanted to be a Sci-Fi movie in which we watch that
    in near future breathable air is nonexistent and all humanity has
    disappeared and only two people are responsible about the few people
    who were chosen to reestablish society.

    The main problem of this movie is that it has to be at least futuristic
    and in the whole movie we do not watch something that seems to be from
    the future. One more thing that this movie did not have was no visual
    effects and that was the least that it had to have. The only thing that
    was interesting was the interpretation of Djimon Hounsou who played as
    the one from the two people who were responsible for the
    reestablishment of society.

    Finally I have to say that ”Air” is just an example of what’s happening
    when a movie has low budget with a wrong plot or with a wrong main
    idea. This is what happened in this movie and of course the result was
    not the best.

  • hammer_of_god-04077September 27, 2015Reply

    Meh…

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  • Booty WizardSeptember 27, 2015Reply

    I watched this only because Daryl from TWD was in it.

    I watched this only because Daryl from TWD was in it.

    I don’t really have much to say about this movie. It is so dull.
    Haven’t seen a movie so bad in a while.

    Really have no idea who gives this movie a 5. I bet those who give it
    good ratings probably felt asleep while watching it.

    And i was expecting some zombies or mutants to be fought in this movie.

    Major flaws of this movie: no back story, poor acting, no action for a
    thriller, where is the sci-fi.

    I give this movie 2/10 because Darryl played in it.

    Overall disappointing. don’t waste your time with it.

  • jimlacy2003October 7, 2015Reply

    Air Pollution, What’s that smell?

    Yes I do ”enjoy sci-fi dystopia genre” but this movie was flat out
    horrible.

    I could only stand about 20 minutes of it before I had to throw in the
    towel.

    I really do like Norman Reedus, but I honestly don’t know how he ended
    up in this horrible movie. For that matter it looks like he wasn’t even
    trying.

    First of all it look like they spent all of maybe $5000 to make this
    movie. Filmed in what looked like a basement. It looks like they raided
    the local E-waste dump to throw in a bunch of old electronics junk.
    Then they made a few cheap CGI cut scenes.

    Sometimes there are movies like this, cheaply made, mostly in all one
    location, etc., and turn out great. This was not one of them.

    If you like Sci-Fi or not, this is just a horrible movie all ways
    around..

  • ruma5October 15, 2015Reply

    I liked it… Spoiler alert!!!

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  • clarkmick33October 18, 2015Reply

    Air…….As boring as breathing air

    Quite frankly one of the most boring films I have seen this year. I
    know the budget was limited but the characters were just not
    interesting. Black guy seeing his wife in visions and getting all
    preachy and the white guy mucking around talking about jerking off all
    the time. The director could have done more with the suspense or
    story…it just seemed quite a limited production – thats what you get
    with a limited budget I suppose.

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  • castielminion1October 18, 2015Reply

    I enjoyed it!

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  • shanshan298October 28, 2015Reply

    Strange Movie

    Another film, set after the apocalypse world. Unlike the other films
    associated with the apocalypse, here you will not see any effects, the
    film takes place essentially in the bunker which saved all the people
    (anesthetized , it must be said) are essential for continued human
    existence. All of this film you will see only two people playing. Even
    if the idea behind the film is fine, the script was bad , not to
    mention the investment inferior to the film itself. In addition, the
    film just terribly slow and boring. Even in the second part of the film
    tended plot completely different place, and not at all in a positive
    sense. In addition to what really bugged me was that it was one of the
    guys talked to some imaginary woman throughout the film.

    In short, you do not know what I suffered … Rating 2 out of 10 .

  • 851222November 1, 2015Reply

    Very average flick

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    ”Air” (2015) is just another worthless flick set in the future were
    humanity is wiped out and there are only couple of survivors.
    ”Pandorum” was so much better movie then this one, witch features a 2
    times Oscar nominee and zombie show star. Acting was OK, no awards will
    shine in here. Although i liked some more claustrophobic scenes, but
    overall this movie isn’t anything special, original or intriguing.
    There are plenty of this genres low budget films much better then this
    one.

    Overall, ”Air” is below average flick, which is very quickly
    forgettable. I couldn’t recommend it to anyone, even for genre lovers.
    You can skip this flick, it’s not worth your time or money.

  • ArgemalucoNovember 5, 2015Reply

    Air

    Air is a good example of a minimalistic film which takes the maximum
    advantage of its austere locations, minuscule cast and a premise which
    is easy to assimilate, but includes ingenious surprises. Air was made
    with very little money, but it doesn’t seem so; its limitations are an
    integral part of the story, and we never feel the fact that director
    Christian Cantamessa was ”saving cash”, but making a movie under the
    exact conditions to fulfill its potential and guarantee a solid
    emotional nucleus which invites us to wonder what we would do under
    similar circumstances. The affair of underground bases as a refuge of
    nuclear war (or similar catastrophes) is a well known formula of
    science fiction and conspiracy literature. This allows co-
    screenwriters Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto to drive the story on a
    fluid and natural way, without constantly stopping to explain the
    situation or overwhelm us with logistic details about the function of
    the main characters. And when some clarity is needed, Cantamessa and
    Pasetto subtly integrate it with efficient dialogs which transmit the
    necessary information without complicating the story. Norman Reedus and
    Djimon Hounsou bring competent performances, and they have a good
    chemistry with each other, something which makes the loyalty and
    differences between their characters credible. On the negative side,
    the addition of a romantic sub-plot feels a bit unnecessary; at least,
    that allowed the presence in the cast of Sandrine Holt, a talented but
    underrated actress who always bring credibility and intensity to the
    supporting roles she usually plays (like in the TV series 24 and The
    Returned). Even though I wouldn’t consider it a great film, I liked Air
    pretty much, and I recommend it to those who like serious science
    fiction with the emphasis on ideas and performances, instead of special
    effects.

  • orcadiansmegheadNovember 30, 2015Reply

    Not particularly good

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  • nitrogenium1December 14, 2015Reply

    A great SCIENCE fiction movie!

    This is my first review on IMDb because today I got motivated to write
    one. All because this movie deserves a higher grade, but got low
    ratings from people expecting to see Star Wars or Star Trek when they
    heard that this is a SCIENCE fiction movie.

    So before I start:

    1. This is not Star Trek where small midgets run around with sharp ears
    and shoot among themselves with green and blue laser guns. So in other
    words, this movie is SCIENCE fiction. Star Trek is CHILDREN’s fiction.

    2. Thus said, probably the poor reviews came from people who were
    expecting to see a Star Trek movie.

    3. Surprisingly great acting from a guy who came from a very shallow
    show like The Walking Dead. If you want to watch a bunch of pointless
    running around, explosions, hot chicks on bikes with laser guns killing
    zombies while standing on one foot and throwing fire through her ears,
    then don’t watch this movie.

    4. But you liked Moon, Interstellar, Sunshine, etc you will enjoy this.
    This is a very intelligent, well thought SCIENCE fiction thriller
    movie, and we need more of these.

  • jrlovelessDecember 29, 2015Reply

    This was a waste of an hour and a half of my life…

    Okay, so I bought this movie for three reasons. 1 – I liked the sound
    of synopsis, made it sound like the two guys had to save the world,
    etc. 2 – Norman Reedus was in it! 3 – From the Creator of the Walking
    Dead, how bad could it be? It was BAD. It took forever for the story to
    go anywhere, and please know that I am a writer and my sole purpose in
    watching movies is plot line. When you drag me into a movie with three
    hooks like that, I expect a lot more than I received. The ending was so
    abrupt, there was so much more they could have done. There were only
    three people throughout the entire movie, and while that makes sense
    with an end of the world type of story, it also doesn’t make sense
    based on the way the synopsis made it sound.

    I won’t add any spoilers because there will be people who will watch
    this anyway, but I will say this, watch it on TV or Netflix before you
    buy it. I feel like I just dug a hole and dumped my money in it by
    buying this before having the sense to watch it. It was truly a waste
    all around.

    Obviously this is my opinion. Others may not share it, but this is
    truly how I felt.

  • Dragos CarabetJanuary 13, 2016Reply

    Feels like a low budget movie

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  • the_doofyFebruary 2, 2016Reply

    Can’t understand what is being said

    I have no idea what much of the dialogue spoken is, as the spoken sound
    is done so poorly. –I noticed one guy name ‘Eric Paul’ seems to have
    been responsible for this debacle, as he is listed for most of the
    spoken part of the movie tech, in three areas no less in the credits.

    –The premise of the movie is awesome, and it could of used better
    direction and better drama for the punch line, better scripted out, or
    maybe better script editing, but at the end of the day, if I can’t
    understand what is being said most of the time, and its a ‘thinker’
    movie versus eye candy, I have to give it a fail —

    ==I like to suggest unique movies to others, but I cannot recommend
    this one -sorry

  • kosmaspFebruary 21, 2016Reply

    Precious

    Be it the air or be it pods with people in them. We almost have
    exclusively two people for the whole movie, which almost plays entirely
    in one room. But of course there are exceptions, which I won’t mention.
    One so they’ll be something for you to discover and secondly because if
    you don’t like the idea in general, you won’t care them going to a
    different place anyway. You’ll see it as a two men, one room thing.

    Having said that and while the dialog and the ”action” is nicely
    (claustrophobic) shot, this has its faults. One of them is a major
    decision by a main character, which he claims he wants to explain,
    though the other character does not let him. It doesn’t seem to make
    sense at that time, with all thats going on. But overall it does have
    an enticing story, with enough tension to keep you at the edge of your
    seat. If you buy into it, that is of course

  • NateWatchesCoolMoviesMarch 13, 2016Reply

    Nice low key sci fi with two great lead performances

    Air is a neat little post apocalyptic thriller full of loneliness,
    claustrophobia, paranoia and two really great lead performances from
    Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. The two of them play custodians of
    sorts, in a cramped underground bunker. The world above is bereft of
    oxygen, forcing humanity to go into cryogenic hibernation. They exist
    in solitary down there, simple caretakers surrounded by earth’s best
    and brightest scientists, all in silent slumber, leaving the two of
    them to go mad in the presence of both each other, and their memories.
    Reedus is Bauer, the slick loudmouth, a somewhat callous man who cares
    not for the sleeping scholars, his personality calcified into brittle
    cynicism by time and tragedy. Hounsou is a bit more soulful as
    Cartwright, haunted by waking visions of his deceased wife (Sandrine
    Holt) and morally torn when the big bad decisions of the character arc
    come his way. He believes what they are doing is important, while Bauer
    could give a crap. Soon there’s trouble, and when they venture to a
    nearby bunker for spare parts, terrible secrets are uncovered and the
    shaky bond of trust between them starts to disintegrate. The film
    relies on its two lead actors who are both solid, especially Reedus,
    whose intensity ramps up in the third act to an unbearable level as
    secrets of his past are gradually revealed. It’s obviously low budget,
    and as such the special effects and machinery look like they’ve
    wandered in from a Roger Corman movie at times, but it kinda works and
    gives the atmosphere a ‘lived in’, organic feel. The plot gets murky
    and could have done with a bit more simplicity as it trips on itself in
    attempts to be complex, but it’s still character based at its core, and
    in that regard it succeeds nicely. See it for its two stars, who are
    given a nice dystopian arena to play in, and tell a story through
    emotional beats, personal crisis and mounting unease quite well.

  • eddie_bagginsApril 3, 2016Reply

    Has its moments but quickly fades into the mediocre

    The first feature length sojourn of Skybound, the group behind the
    universally successful Walking Dead comics, TV show and all subsequent
    run-offs, Air (featuring TWD’s very own Norman Reedus) is an at first
    engaging and tense low budget Sci-fi that sadly descends down a rabbit
    hole of increasingly uninteresting and questionable scenarios.

    First time director Christian Cantamessa (the man who wrote the
    fantastic video game Red Dead Redemption) certainly hasn’t given
    himself an easy first feature to win out on with Air’s plot almost
    exclusive focusing on the maintenance workers of Djimon Hounsou’s
    Cartwright and Reedus’s Bauer, who like his Daryl in TWD is still in
    need of a long overdue haircut.

    Like any film that sets itself around a confined space and a confined
    cast, say like a Moon or Buried, Air has to fight to keep viewers’
    attention almost entirely through things not seen and engaging acting
    and while Hounsou and Reedus share some form of chemistry it’s not
    enough to carry the film potentially ripe idea to levels that could’ve
    made Air a must see Sci-Fi yarn.

    The central idea that Air basis’s itself around of our air supply being
    tarnished by a range of natural of man-made causes with humankinds last
    hope a group of Noah’s Ark like underground facilities with pods of
    long term sleeping humans is an interesting one and whilst familiar in
    many senses does seem somewhat fresh but Cantamessa and his co-writer
    Chris Pasetto can’t wring enough out of their limited budget supply on
    top notch dialogue to take the idea to fresh places.

    Small moments and a quality opening half make Air something more than a
    non-event but this is certainly a forgettable start of Skybound’s foray
    into Hollywood movies. Cantamessa seems like a young filmmaker with
    some talent and it’d be great to see him go on with his efforts here
    while Reedus is lucky he has Daryl to fall back on and poor old Hounsou
    is still chasing a role of the same quality he found in Blood Diamond
    and In America.

    2 ½ long past due haircuts out of 5

  • rallierf1April 10, 2016Reply

    Not worth watching

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  • leonblackwoodMay 22, 2016Reply

    Intriguing storyline! 4/10

    Review: This is a mediocre movie that is set in a bunker and based
    around 2 engineers, Cartwright (Djimon Hounsou) and Bauer (Norman
    Reedus) who are preserving elements of mankind, that are unique and
    irreplaceable. These 2 working class engineers have to go through there
    day to day tasks, to keep the bunker running smoothly, so they
    completely have trust in each other, along with a friendly
    relationship. After a severe system failure, which damages the air
    coming into the bunker, Bauer finds out information about Cartwright,
    which effects there close relationship and could damage the precious
    cargo that they need to preserve. I must admit, the whole dark tone and
    80’s type soundtrack did get to me after a while and I did find Bauers
    actions a bit over the top but it’s still a watchable movie which must
    have been difficult to direct, because it’s based on 2 characters in a
    confined space. I liked the chemistry between the two characters but it
    does take some time to get going and the ending was a bit weak.
    Average!

    Round-Up: I’ve always been a fan of Djimon Hounsou’s, 52, work since
    his amazing performance in Spielbergs, Amistad in 1997 but his career
    didn’t blow up as it could have done. He was great in Blood Diamond and
    Gladiator but a lot of his projects, like the Tempest, the Island, Push
    and Elephant White, have been disappointing. It was good to see him in
    the latest Fast & Furious movie, and as a villain in the Guardians of
    the Galaxy but it’s a shame that he hasn’t become a bigger star. This
    is the first major release from director Christian Cantamessa, who also
    wrote the movie. He didn’t do a bad job for his first movie and he
    picked two good actors to play the lead but he could have brought in
    other elements to the storyline, which would have made it more
    interesting.

    I recommend this movie to people who are into their sci-fi/thrillers
    starring Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou, Sandrine Holt and Michael
    Hogan. 4/10

  • sideriteJuly 24, 2016Reply

    A sort of Moon, but not that good

    I liked the film, as a performance piece from Reedus and Hounsou, and
    truly it’s not more than that. It’s a situational drama. The plot is,
    in fact, irrelevant. The ending scene that brings closure was already
    not needed.

    That being said, I feel like the script could have been a little more
    polished. The dialogue and the decisions of the characters sometimes
    felt a bit fractured, the movie lacks a natural fluidity. Certainly the
    film could have gained a point if the extra scenes – like the pointless
    and extra long beginning – would have been cut in favor of character
    development.

    Bottom line: it doesn’t deserve such a low rating on IMDb. Cantamessa
    may not be the best director in the world, but for his first full
    length movie, he wasn’t bad. I felt as if the film was inspired by
    Moon. It had the same feel, only with two protagonists. And as Moon,
    the movie could easily have been an episode of a sci-fi anthology. Moon
    was clearly better, though.

  • trashgangJuly 29, 2016Reply

    post apocalyptic cat and mouse

    Norman Reedus of Walking Dead fame is the reason why many people are
    trying to see this flick. It’s a post-apocalyptic flick with only 3
    actors in it. Two male and one female who appears in a dream. Does that
    work?

    For me it was just above mediocre because you got that feeling of
    living underground and once the earth is shown they do know that it’s
    over that you will have to live underground. Why two people are the
    main subject is rather simple. They have to guard bodies being
    preserved to survive the disaster but things go wrong between the two
    of them.

    Is it a horror or a thriller, can’t say that i is really a horror
    because it’s never scary, there isn’t a monster lurking or other
    creatures walking the earth. Its’ just a cat and mouse story. I’m happy
    that I have seen this flick but the only thing I can say is that it
    will solve in thin air….

    Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 0/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5

  • The CouchpotatoesAugust 26, 2016Reply

    End of the world science fiction

    If you expect a lot of action then Air isn’t probably what you’re
    looking for, but if you’re looking for a sci-fi with a new approach
    then you’re good with this one. It’s a story we didn’t see before and
    for that alone it’s worth a watch. But don’t expect too much special
    effects and things like that because the movie is essentially about two
    guys (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) with the task to save the world
    by preserving the lives of important people. You won’t see much more
    actors then those two, besides one or two that have minor roles. But to
    me, it worked. I never got bored, and even though it’s almost all the
    time shot in the same environment, with only two major actors, the
    story is entertaining with a dose of mystery. But then again I like
    end-of-the-world doom scenarios. So if you like that as well, Air is
    worth watching.

  • Siddharth YadunathAugust 28, 2016Reply

    Wasted Potential

    When I think about the issue of global pollution and how it affects the
    future we are headed towards, AIR sets the scene almost perfectly. Sure
    the movie chooses a bio hazard to set the stage for an apocalypse we
    all know we are headed towards but the movie had so much potential and
    so much it could have said and stood for, during the 90 minutes it was
    given to send it’s message. Great cast, great plot and a great setting
    that left me feeling a little wanting at the end of it.

    The movie starts off wonderfully with a setting of a post apocalyptic
    world where the air is too polluted for mankind to survive and the
    government forced to implement a program to save the seed of human
    civilization by sending it’s most brilliant minds to hyper sleep to
    re-cultivate and repopulate a world left barren by the actions and
    negligence of the old world. The plot surrounds two engineers isolated
    in an abandoned missile silo to preserve and protect the future of
    mankind as they fight isolation and insanity to decide whether to do
    their job and protect humanity or to think for themselves and suppress
    their most basic instinct- the instinct to survive.

    The casting was, in my opinion ”perfect” to tell a story that could
    have been very compelling if it spent it’s money on quality writers to
    keep the audience on the edge of their seats as they watch humanity
    overcome their darkness to reach a climax that reflected our potential
    as a species.Instead we get an ending that fizzles into nothingness and
    left me with a sense of frustration at the time you wasted seeing this
    long and drawn out picture which you could have missed altogether. What
    disappointed me even further was to see Norman Reedus play a character
    so similar to his popular Walking Dead character that I’m left
    wondering if he has the potential to play anything other than what we
    have grown to appreciate and love. Truth be told, I hate the idea of
    him being type-caste by Hollywood. Djimon Hounsou was also another
    example of this project perhaps being rushed or not thought out enough
    as he doesn’t get to showcase his acting talent, leaving us a character
    that is hardly worth remembering.

    All in all, the movie fails to live up to the potential it’s concept
    promises. Perhaps with a better script, a bigger cast or even longer
    screen time, it could have been a movie worthy of praise.

  • MikelikesnotlikesMarch 5, 2017Reply

    Illogical and annoying

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  • JamesMarch 6, 2017Reply

    Quality low-budget sci fi

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  • Dean GillingsMay 30, 2017Reply

    tiny cast, big movie

    I had absolutely no idea what to expect out of this, I’ve seen both
    stars in other things and really enjoyed their work, Djimon Hounsou and
    Norman Reedus were thoroughly brilliant. Excellent choices by the
    casting director. It was tense and thoughtful throughout and kept me
    thinking all the way through about how it would end. I thoroughly
    recommend it.

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