Breathe review

Back in 2011, Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish set up The Imaginarium, a production company and performance capture studio that has provided effects for Serkis-starring movies like Avengers: Age Of Ultron , Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the last three Planet Of The Apes movies. Breathe is the Imaginarium’s first produced film (though their second on release, after horror movie The Ritual ) and as you must be able to guess from the premise, it’s a world away from that kind of Hollywood fare. Based on the true story of Cavendish’s parents, we meet 28-year-old Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) as he meets and courts Diana Blacker (Claire Foy.) They marry and move to Kenya soon after and anticipate a lifetime of adventure ahead of them, that is, until Robin falls ill. Polio leaves him paralysed from the neck down, and his doctors (led by Jonathan Hyde doing his Jonathan Hyde thing) tell him that he has only months to live. But Diana, determined that their newborn son will grow up knowing and loving his father, won’t give in to either the medical prognosis or Robin’s own self-defeating attitude, and over the following two decades, the couple make […]

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