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DVD Review: Breathe

January 30, 2018

By John Corrado

Based on a true story, Breathe dramatizes the life of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a disability rights advocate who was struck with polio in the 1950s and left paralyzed from the neck down.  Although initially confined to a hospital bed, Robin was able to survive at home thanks to the dedication of his wife Diana (Claire Foy), and he helped invent invaluable accessibility devices like the respirator wheelchair and hydraulic lifts.

Although Breathe does feel a bit long and plays it a little too safe, this is still a well acted period piece, that is worth seeing for the solid performances from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.  It’s also notable for being the directorial debut of celebrated motion capture actor Andy Serkis.  For more on the film itself, you can read my full review of it right here.

The DVD also includes the two short featurettes Story and Getting Into Character, which are just over a minute long each, as well as a digital copy of the film.

Breathe is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 118 minutes and rated PG.

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