The Air I Breathe (Movie Review) | Haider Rifaat

The Air I Breathe is a directorial film produced by Darlene Caamano, which was released in 2008. Despite it’s release confined to a few cities, most of the people who had viewed it applauded the movie and gave a tremendous response. The film cast consists of Kevin Bacon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Julie Delpy, Andy Garcia and Emile Hirsch. The film had its fair share of critics, but Sarah Michelle Gellar’s performance was praised on all fronts. The movie managed to top the box office charts. The story of this film is unique and different which helps viewers to relate the story to their lives. The movie has four main characters, Pleasure (Brendan Fraser), Sorrow (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Love (Kevin Bacon And Julie Delpy) and Happiness (Forest Whitaker).

The Air I Breathe is based on an ancient Chinese proverb which breaks life down into four main human emotions. The story sheds light on the concept that no human emotion can be replaced with any other emotion. Another lead actor, “Fingers” (Played By Andy Garcia) controls all of these human emotions and connects them with one another. Sorrow, Pleasure, Love and Happiness are the puppets of Fingers. He can do anything to them and with them. Happiness, one of the emotions happens to be a bank employee who overhears a sure bet at a horse race and bets $50,000 from the bookies. Once he loses the bet “Fingers” threatens him to return his money back and hence fails to get them. He then robs a bank to get the money but when two helicopters envelope him, he decides to throw the bulky bag far from everyone’s reach.

Furthermore, the story of Pleasure focuses on his ability to foresee the future. He joins the group of “Fingers” and witnesses a horrific past of his brother being tortured by two teenagers. He later on connects with Sorrow (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who becomes the next protagonist. Sorrow plays a pop star and dancer named “Trista.” She works under a manager who is indebted to “Fingers.” Therefore, the manager uses all of Trista’s money and hands it to “Fingers” assigning her to work under him. Trista escapes and meets Pleasure. He saves her life and after a while they become lovers. “Fingers” finds out where Trista is and kills Pleasure for betraying him and saving Trista. Trista also has a special blood group which immediately connects Love with Sorrow.

Love is the last part of the movie, where Kevin Bacon’s love (Julie Delpy) gets bitten by a venomous snake. Therefore, the doctors require a special blood group that only Trista has. Kevin (Love) finds out in an interview that Trista has that blood group that is required to save Gina. Love finds sorrow and Trista is found in a hospital. At the same time, Fingers reveals to Trista that she is pregnant and threatens her to abort the baby she is carrying. Trista tries to commit suicide by jumping off the roof but Love saves her. In the end, Sorrow donates her blood and saves Gina’s life. She escapes in a car and the same scene is repeated from the beginning of the movie where Happiness escapes with robbed money but as he throws his bag full of money it drops on to the roof of Trista’s car and she escapes from the airport, beginning a new chapter of her life.


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