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Breathing Room (2008)

Thrown naked into a desolate room with thirteen strangers, Tonya discovers that she is the final contestant in a deadly game. Restrained by lethal electronic collars, the players must ... See full summary »

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John Suits, Gabriel Cowan (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ailsa Marshall ... Fourteen (Tonya)
Michael McLafferty ... Eight (Lee) / Twelve Corpse
David Higlen ... Five (Harry)
Brad Culver ... Six
Kim Estes ... Ten (Henry)
Keith Foster Keith Foster ... Host / Other Room Participant
Stevens Gaston ... Thirteen
Austin Highsmith ... Eleven
Terri Marsteiner Terri Marsteiner ... Three
Jeff Atik ... One (Charlie)
Eve Sigall ... Four (Rothie)
Sara Tomko ... Nine
Bryce Gerlach Bryce Gerlach ... Two (Operator)
Steve Cembrinski Steve Cembrinski ... Zero (Robert) / Scientist
Brandon Stacy ... Two (New Room)
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Thrown naked into a desolate room with thirteen strangers, Tonya discovers that she is the final contestant in a deadly game. Restrained by lethal electronic collars, the players must utilize hints and tools from a box marked "pieces" to find both an exit and the reason for their abduction. One by one the players are eliminated as their "curfew" begins and the lights go out. With each dead body comes another clue, which they use to discover that one of them is the killer. The question is ... which one? Written by Bryce

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Room to Breathe See more »

Filming Locations:

Azusa, California, USA See more »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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Stereo | Stereo (original release)

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Color

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4:3
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While Nine is washing her hands in the washroom before she receives her hint note regarding No. 5, a reflection of a cameraman is visible in the faucet fixture. See more »

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[first lines]
Fourteen: [crawling in the dark, distressed breathing, scream, falls naked into lit room]
Six: Shit! Now we're talkin'. I think she's the last one boss.
Eight: You're going to be okay. We'll get you some clothes.
Fourteen: What's going on?
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Far Better Than The Ripoff Some Make This Out to Be
7 October 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Tonya (Ailsa Marshall) is dumped naked into a room with thirteen strangers. She is player fourteen in a sadistic game where only the survivors win. With each player given clues and tools to survive, who will be left? And who is behind this? Not everyone tells the truth, so can the players trust each other to keep themselves civil? You're going to see review after review comparing this film to "Saw", and some comparing it to "Battle Royale"... still others referencing lesser known films. And, it's true, there's a "Saw" vibe here and a "Battle Royale" vibe... but don't let that dissuade you. There is nothing new about survival horror and it won't go away any time soon. And, if done correctly, that's not a bad thing.

I've also seen certain comments concerning the low budget and overabundance of white light. I don't deny these aspects, but in complete honesty they didn't bother me one bit. As long as your film has an interesting story -- and this one does -- and isn't a complete shambles, you have me hook, line and sinker. My only issue with this film was that I had a very strong suspicion of the ending from the very beginning. I was even more convinced after a big clue was dropped in the interview scene.

Fans of "Saw" will like this, as will people who like puzzles, so long as they keep an open mind and don't judge it strictly on its low budget and similarities to other films. I was thoroughly engaged by the interesting characters, destruction of film stereotypes, and ultimately the very clever writing inherent in the picture. Allegedly this film was thrown together roughly overnight, but it doesn't show.


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