"The Air I Breathe" Review
I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching this movie. I had walked past a poster a couple weeks ago and I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s an interesting poster”. Then I looked at the cast, “Wow, Andy Gracia, Forrest Whittaker, Brendan Fraser & Sarah Michelle Gellar!” I knew right then that this film would be worth watching.
“The Air I Breathe” is a thought provoking film with an amazing script. The acting was superb and concept is unique.
“Where does change come from? And how do we recognize it when it happens?”
The film intricately ties together four stories of love, pleasure, happiness and sorrow. What would you do if you realized that your life has become a giant trap? How would you escape your monotonous life? What if you could see the future but had no power to change it? What if the woman you love is married to your best friend? I was very intrigued by the film and as I watched the credits (YES I WATCH CREDITS) I noticed that the characters names were literally “Happiness, Pleasure, Sorrow and Love”.
After some research I found out that movie is based on an ancient Chinese proverb. Apparently each character is supposed to be one of life’s four emotional cornerstones. Forrest Whitaker is a timid business man struggling with his everyday life. He symbolizes “Happiness” and his quest to find it. His story ties into that of Brendan Fraser: A gangster who can see the future. Mr. Fraser symbolizes “Pleasure”. Throughout his whole life, Brendan has been able to see the future but have no power to change it. This suddenly changes when Sarah Michelle Gellar walks into his life.
Before we continue let me just say that I LOVE SMG. I was a huge fan when she was BUFFY the Vampire Slayer. Moving on, Sarah portrays a fragile pop star who finds out that her future will be controlled by a ruthless gangster known as “Fingers”. Her story is that of “Sorrow”. Finally last but not least is “Love”, in which Kevin Bacon tries to save the love of his life. The catch is that this woman is married to his best friend. It is said that our lives are a constant struggle of these four forces. This film is an excellent example of these forces at work.
This film was direct by Jieho Lee. Who is that you ask?? Apparently Mr.Lee went to Harvard Business School as a compromise with his parents. They would not allow him to be a filmmaker without “insurance”. Wow you gotta be pretty talented to go to Harvard as “insurance”. I don’t think he’s a big name yet but if he continues to make movies like this I’m sure he will get far. The movie is good and I’m still thinking about it…
The film did have its shortcomings but they were minor. A lot of questions are not answered and the characters seem almost too eager to fulfill their destined roles. I was so into the movie that these minor flaws didn’t bother me. I don’t feel like destroying a movie today. ^^
In conclusion, “The Air I Breathe” is a great film that is thought provoking as well as aesthetically pleasing. It’s a unique film that anyone can relate too. wriXeL gives “The Air I Breathe” a 8.36.
Also John Cho & Emile Hirsch are in this the movie. I f*cking love John Cho… wow Kal Penn looks hilarious..