“Oxygen” Trailer Sees Mélanie Laurent Search for Memory and Air

Netflix has just unleashed the trailer for Alexandre Aja's forthcoming thriller Oxygen, and we're entirely here for it!

The film centers on a young woman (played by Inglorious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent), who awakens in a cryogenic pod. Not sure of who she is or how she got there, she must reconnect her memories to escape her newfound hellish nightmare. With oxygen running out, her immediate concern is time.

Laurent appears to carry much, if not all, of the film as Aja focuses heavily on her isolation within the pod - save an AI voice known only as MILO. A horror in its own right, the tight area should hit close to home for all of us, given the last year of pandemic-induced isolation.

Though the trailer is short, it's impossible to deny the claustrophobic vibes Aja is able to capture with his fluid camerawork inside the locked pod that appears overflowing with white lab rats. Though tight spaces make me immediately uncomfortable (as do rats of all shapes, colors, and sizes), I'm curious to see how this story plays out; Laurent's involvement only adds to my interest.

From a plot perspective, much is left unknown. Given the thriller aspect, that should not come as a surprise. We'll get all the details when Netflix releases Oxygen globally on May 12.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.