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Air (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 14 August 2015 (USA)
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In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent and two engineers tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own lives while administering to their vital task at hand.
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Cast overview:
Norman Reedus ... Bauer
Djimon Hounsou ... Cartwright
Sandrine Holt ... Abby
Michael Hogan ... The President
Steve Burgess Steve Burgess ... Sports Commentator
Peter Benson ... Anchorman
Ryan Beil Ryan Beil ... Male Reporter
Paula Lindberg ... Female Reporter 1
Sophie Lui Sophie Lui ... Female Reporter 2
David Nykl ... Sleeper 1
Darren Dolynski ... Sleeper 2
Jin Sangha Jin Sangha ... Sleeper 3
Klara Rybicka Klara Rybicka ... Sleeper 4
Meredith Hama-Brown ... Sleeper 5
Greg Teasdale Greg Teasdale ... Sleeper 6


In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent. Virtually all of humanity has disappeared and those chosen to reestablish society reside in a controlled state of suspended animation. Two engineers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while administering to their vital task at hand. Written by Vertical Entertainment

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Plot Keywords:

post apocalypse | stasis pod | See All (2) »


Two men. One task. Save humankind.


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and sexual references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wake Cycle See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First Robert Kirkman movie produced. See more »


[first lines]
The President: And tonight we embark on the last and most ambitious phase of our campaign to end tyranny across the globe.
Reporter: Mr. President, given the severity of the current crisis, what is the risk to the American population?
The President: Our level of preparedness couldn't be higher. I am confident that we will prevail, what ever may come.
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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Nice low key sci fi with two great lead performances
13 March 2016 | by NateWatchesCoolMoviesSee all my reviews

Air is a neat little post apocalyptic thriller full of loneliness, claustrophobia, paranoia and two really great lead performances from Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. The two of them play custodians of sorts, in a cramped underground bunker. The world above is bereft of oxygen, forcing humanity to go into cryogenic hibernation. They exist in solitary down there, simple caretakers surrounded by earth's best and brightest scientists, all in silent slumber, leaving the two of them to go mad in the presence of both each other, and their memories. Reedus is Bauer, the slick loudmouth, a somewhat callous man who cares not for the sleeping scholars, his personality calcified into brittle cynicism by time and tragedy. Hounsou is a bit more soulful as Cartwright, haunted by waking visions of his deceased wife (Sandrine Holt) and morally torn when the big bad decisions of the character arc come his way. He believes what they are doing is important, while Bauer could give a crap. Soon there's trouble, and when they venture to a nearby bunker for spare parts, terrible secrets are uncovered and the shaky bond of trust between them starts to disintegrate. The film relies on its two lead actors who are both solid, especially Reedus, whose intensity ramps up in the third act to an unbearable level as secrets of his past are gradually revealed. It's obviously low budget, and as such the special effects and machinery look like they've wandered in from a Roger Corman movie at times, but it kinda works and gives the atmosphere a 'lived in', organic feel. The plot gets murky and could have done with a bit more simplicity as it trips on itself in attempts to be complex, but it's still character based at its core, and in that regard it succeeds nicely. See it for its two stars, who are given a nice dystopian arena to play in, and tell a story through emotional beats, personal crisis and mounting unease quite well.

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