Breathe Easy is an independent film, shot in multiple locations throughout ten countries. This global accomplishment took more than 20 directors roughly a year to make. Strange clouds have appeared in the sky across the globe and people are starting to behave in very strange ways. Governments are scrambling to deal with the crisis, but without knowing the cause, what can they do except...Breathe Easy?
In a time when Hollywood studios can afford to film all over the world, it's easy for us to become indifferent. But an independent film shooting in ten countries including the UK, US, Australia and Hong Kong is an incredible achievement. And the results speak for themselves. Instead of focusing on one region or group during a global disaster - with small updates of events occurring elsewhere - the action is shared pretty much equally across all locations. It's an interesting look at how different people react to the same situation. Some will run, some will hide. Some will just get drunk!
The approach is very different. There is definitely an element of parody to Breathe Easy. Not to the same degree as movies like Aeroplane, but it does take a more comical approach than the traditional disaster movie. Have you ever wondered how a witches coven or a bunch of pissheads would react to a global disaster? How will the Prime Minister react? These are questions that the film attempts to answer, in its own unique way.
If nothing more, Breathe Easy is a major accomplishment in terms of collaboration. My only gripe with the film is that the ending felt a bit rushed. Apart from that it's a fun and quirky look at what could be the end of the world.
Breathe Easy will be hitting the festival circuit later this year. Follow the film on twitter @BreatheEasy2016 for updates.