A woman wakes up in some sort of medical unit with no idea of how she got there. In fact, she doesn’t remember anything at all — not even her own name. But she’d better figure out what’s going on, because her cryo unit is about the size of a coffin and she’s got 90 minutes of oxygen.
That’s the premise for Netflix’s upcoming Oxygen, directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). Aja’s built a nice little resume of sparse but compelling thrillers like 2019’s Crawl, a deliciously pulse-pounding environmental yarn about a young woman and her dad trapped by rising floodwaters in their Everglades home — and the alligator who gets stuck in there with them. Those are the sorts of simple but effective premises Aja is starting to master.
Oxygen looks similarly high concept, and it returns Aja to his native France. Netflix has been enjoying a nice surge of French-made content lately, including their excellent heist series Lupin. This looks like another great addition to the lineup. The movie drops on May 12.