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      Breathing Room

      2008 1h 29m Horror List
      Reviews 11% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A madman forces 14 strangers to play a deadly game of survival. Read More Read Less

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      kevin c Another in the "bunch of strangers are held against their will in a locked environment wondering how they got there and why" movies. These aren't getting any cleverer, so this one you spend the movie at least wondering why this is happening, then three quarters of the way through you stop caring. Payoff isn't even surprising once you get there. It's an okay flick if you're easily entertained. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This has got to have the worst premise for a movie I've ever seen. I've heard of mad scientists before, but mad social scientists? Basically, it's all a big behavior study. This team, who I can only assume are the most stupid and immoral sociologists ever conceived in a realm of fiction, have taken to kidnapping large groups of people just so they can study their behavior. I guess kidnapping people and hiring lackeys willing to kill them and run an elaborate death room is cheaper and more efficient than just getting your run of the mill consent form for a less insane social experiment. Just applying real world logic to the situation: If I were a social scientist trying to study behavior, I'd find a heck of a lot safer (and legal) way than running "Survivor: Room of Death". And furthermore, how in earth's blue hell are they going to get this research published in a peer review journal when everyone except their "inside" person is dead? This is clearly a case of "did not do the research." They should've read up on the Milgram and Stanford prison experiment. If they did they would've realized two things: 1) The actions of the research teams were considered so deceitful and controversial that they prompted the entire field of behavioral science to change their standards and practices. This is with no one being murdered and their intentions being maybe 1% as hanus as the behavior scientists featured as the villains of the movie. Seriously, where would you find a young 20 something sociologists fresh out of grad school ready to participate in cold-blooded murder, for what I can only assume is a pure love of knowledge? I heard of evil geniuses justifying their murders FOR SCIENCE! But never EVER for soft science/the humanities. 2) This is actually a more important and subtle point. What makes the previous two experiments I mentioned so scary is not that the researchers were evil villains performing monkey lab test experiments on human beings. They were scary because they had no idea how much inherent evil that normal, ordinary people are capable of. Instead, the film emphasizes the exact opposite message. There is only black and white, good and evil. Without spoiling, I can say that multiple characters sacrifice themselves to save another's life in a completely selfless way. The fact that the murderer is the inside man/woman only contributes to the entire feeling that the game is rigged and that these (mostly) innocent people are part of some sick voyeuristic experience generated by the completely irredeemable and unlikeable villains. Jason has sympathy because he drowned as a deformed, bullied child, Freddy makes you love him because of his wise cracks and creative kills. The villains in the story have not a single likeable trait about them. I saw this movie on youtube for free (which usually makes me be more generous with my reviews) but the premise was so asinine I had to go on a tirade in order to hold on to my sanity. It borrows from battle royale and saw when it comes to props, but it misses the essential ingredients that made those films even slightly relevant for a brief moment in time: They prompted us to ask questions about our own human nature. Battle Royale asked us if we would kill our own friend to stay alive. Saw asked us if we truly appreciated our lives enough to fight through unspeakable pain and suffering to hold on to it. Riddle me this: What in the hell does this movie ask? How many laws an idiotic group of 20 something sociologists can break while conducting unpublishable research that has zero relevance to anything? You know what. Don't take my word for it. It's up on youtube for free right now. Go watch it and judge for yourself. It's so bad, it's almost "so bad it's good." Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting concept, albiet similar to Saw, and it is purposely confusing from the beginning but there are some pretty far fetched parts throughout that keep it not at all believable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
      Breathing Room

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      Synopsis A madman forces 14 strangers to play a deadly game of survival.
      Director
      John Suits, Gabriel Cowan
      Screenwriter
      John Suits, Gabriel Cowan
      Production Co
      Imagination Worldwide, New Artists Alliance
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 29m