The Air I Breathe Reviews
I have to quote Kyle Smith of the New York Post: "Brendan Fraser is Pleasure, Sarah Michelle Gellar is Sorrow, Kevin Bacon is Love, Forest Whitaker is Happiness, and the director is Pretension." What a hilariously true line. The film seems to want to say something profound, but I have no idea what it is. While most of the performances are fine, Brendan Fraser is grotesquely miscast. Playful and exuberant most times, Fraser is forced to adopt a stern, sullen, unaffected demeanor, and it doesn't suit him; in fact, I often hoped that he would break into a wide grin and exclaim "Just kidding" before doing cartwheels down a dark alley. Andy Garcia is bipolar, irrationally erupting into screams after delivering most of his lines in a menacing whisper, and whoever thought it original to name a gangster "Fingers" should lose a finger.
I did like how the film came together. It's not near the Altman Standard, but it's more clever than I was expecting. And I also liked the idea behind the Fraser character: just because one can see the future doesn't mean that one can change it.
Overall, the Post sums this film up best: it's remarkably pretentious.
The first story set the tone for the entire movie, depressing and lacks the settleing. It was to faced past and big elements went into a small amount of time which made less emotional.
This story made the movie go up a level. Brendans Frsers preformance was different but still really dry in my opinion. The story that it portrayed was interesting but a little random.
Im extremly bias towards this because of SMG. but i did feel it was the strongest of the stories. It was dark, depressing and at the end had that glimpse of hope. SMG's preformance is like all her other dramatic work. shes a really good actress. It was also the most planned out of the stories, the others were just there but this one played its events over in a way that didnt seem so fast paced.
I feel like this was the nicest of the stories, all the stories had the dark gang vibe. but this one was about a doctor who would risk everything for the girl he loves. i do feel it was too short and not a lot of the relationship were taken in and promoted.
All in all this movie was good and all the stories some how made it, even though not all the stories were great.
Very good acting. Reasonable Script. I'll give it 8/10.
The four emotions or whatever that each protagonist is supposed to embody seems forced. Andy Garcia must have gone to the Joe Pesci and Al Pacino school of acting to prepare for this role. He was so over-the-top at times it was kind of humorous. Forest Whitaker spent most of the time sweating and Brendan Fraser was all broody. Poor Sarah Michelle Gellar was doing her best to propel herself from TV to film actress. She looked prettier than ever but the role just did not do her justice.
It was almost unbearable to listen to the characters give each other trite advice or spout one liners like, "The eyes are the windows to the soul." Really? If someone told me that in a non-humorous way, I would punch them in the face.
Your best bet is to skip this movie like everyone else.
Apparently the movie is based on some kind of theory that life revolves around four emotional cornerstones - Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow & Love. But the only thing the movie can take credit for is in taking the audience to the realms of a fifth one - BORED TO DEATH.