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Air I Breathe

2 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by Jieho Lee

Solid performances from an all-star cast bring this ensemble drama to life. As parallel stories unfold, the viewer discovers unlikely connections between several seemingly unrelated people. Though the film is divided up into segments entitled "Happiness," … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Cast: Emile Hirsch
Director: Jieho Lee
Release Date: 2007
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Air I Breathe

Air I Breathe - 2007

  • Oct 24, 2008
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Pros: cast, music

Cons: ...

The Bottom Line:
"Never live with defeat never falter
This like the air that I breath"
~All That Remains

The Air I Breath was a movie that I didn't particularly ‘get' when I watched it and was actually going to give it a negative rating; then I started thinking about it and analyzing the story. Basically it is about life and the issues we deal with as well as the ripple effect of our daily lives. There are four segments of this movie although they all completely overlap. In fact, it begins and ends right in the same place. All about life's circles, karma, KA, destiny, or whatever you want to call it.

Individually the stories aren't that different or even interesting. However as the movie twines around itself and the segments become part of the next one or ever one prior to that, it takes on a completely different tone. The four segments cover sorrow, love, pleasure, and happiness, and what we believe makes these emotions work in our lives. These four emotions are based on a Chinese proverb that says humans must experience all four of these to be grounded.

It had a fairly decent cast: Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Bacon, Emile Hirsch, and Forest Whitaker. Garcia plays a mobster, Fingers, that holds contracts on several clients and uses Brendan Fraser, Pleasure, to ... ummm ... make these contracts good. Geller is one of his clients, a rather obnoxious popstar named Trista, or Sorrow, in the segment. Kevin Bacon plays Love, a dedicated doctor desperately trying to find a blood donor to save a patient and Forest Whitaker plays Happiness, or rather the pursuit of, in a bank robbery scheme.

Believe it or not, all these stories trip all over each other and each one makes the other one whole. Like life, the movie is one great circle. You can invest little time, no time, or extra time in this movie; that is your choice. Many portions are quite brutal and violent. It is a movie that is character driven and you can't give it casual attention if you want to catch the complexity of the story. The music is another item that draws your attention; haunting and visual in effect.

This was written by Jieho Lee & Bob DeRosa; directed by Jieho Lee. It runs 95 minutes and carries an R rating for violence, sexuality, nudity, and language. It is a diverse film that takes a bit to grow on you and maybe even a second viewing to put it all together.


This movie is my submission to the Good Movies Write-Off 2, hosted by captaind


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