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Respire (DVD Review)

10 Feb, 2011 By: Angelique Flores

Street 2/15/11
$24.95 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for some bloody violence, language and brief nudity.
Stars Tracy Teague, Mat Wright, Vince Eustace, Jessica Keeler, Ellie Torrez.

Who wouldn’t want to find the secret to stop aging and never getting sick? In the horror flick Respire, Dr. Kaminsky does just that, but his research comes with consequences.

The doctor learns that a person’s dying breath when bottled keeps the person who breathes it in from aging and getting sick, but not from dying. After being murdered, Kaminsky’s own last breath is bottled and hidden inside a wooden box, with the key hidden inside a separate book.

A well done montage of scenes explains how the box changes hands throughout the years, starting in black and white with Dr. Kaminsky and his wife in 1936 and ending with a dark, stylized picture in modern day.

The box winds up in at an antique store, owned by Sue, and attracts the interest of two prospective buyers, Raif and Alex, who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for it. At the same time, the book goes to auction and is sold to Sue, who was hired by Raif to bid on it. Meanwhile, Alex and his sidekick Ruby are still on Sue’s trail for the box.

Sue’s curiosity about the matter, not to mention her own terminal illness, push her to research the box, the vial of breath and its curing agents.

Havoc breaks out as soon as Sue breathes in the bottle and takes on the memories of the people whose breaths she inhaled. The vials get in the hands of the public, and all hell breaks loose because the original breath belonged to violent mental patients.

The movie plays out like a drama through the first three quarters of the film. Then the horrific action kicks in, and things get violent and bloody.

The plot takes a twist, shifting who really is on the good side and who’s on the bad side.

While there’s plenty of gore at the end, the thriller aspect of the film will keep viewers, such as myself who have no stomach for that, watching.

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