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I watched this movie because I am a total and complete Brendan Fraser fan ever since I first saw him as the goofy lead in George of the Jungle. I am on a mission to watch every movie he's ever in so that was my motivation for watching this movie. I was surprised as the opening credits ran that it had some other big names in it as well such as Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Back to Brendan Fraser though -what I've observed about him is that he either makes big, blockbuster, action films or off-beat Indie type films (with the exception of a couple comedies such as George of the Jungle and Dudley Do-Right). The Air I Breathe is definitely one of those off-beat Indie types. But I persisted in watching it just because I like to watch him. Sadly though, much of this movie is dark so I couldn't see him very well and when I could he was usually bloodied and beaten and not something I wanted to look at anyway.
This is also one of those annoying films that does not have a steady volume. At times I had my volume up past 90 (I usually watch around 28 and 100 is the max on our Sony). And other times I was diving for the remote to turn down the car chases and yelling and cussing sounds.
The premise of the movie is that there are four fables about: Happiness, Sorrow, Love, and something else. It really doesn't matter what they call that chapter of the movie, the Love fable was still as dark and bloody as the Sorrow fable. The first fable starts out with Whitaker as some sort of financial investor and Fraser as his client. Whitaker is reserved and just plugging through life when he strikes out, gets in some trouble, and tries to rob a bank. He winds up getting hit by a car but gets right up and pushes a bike delivery guy off his bike to try to escape. Soon after Whitaker meets his demise. But Fraser's character ties the first fable to the second and also the third where Gellar's character comes in and she ties the third and fourth fables together. Yet, surprisingly, the fourth links back to the first at the end of the film and that's when I went, "What happened!???" At one point in the third chapter a comment is made that a few weeks have passed so to find the fourth linking back to the first seemed like a blip in the time/space continuum.
My husband likened the movie to Crash which requires the viewer to pay attention in order to follow the timeline but this movie crashes on its own - I would need a paper and pencil to follow the timeline.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age