Spoiler-Free Review of “Keep Breathing” on Netflix: Melissa Barrera’s Survival Drama has its Moments

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“I don’t give up…”

Keep Breathing premiered on Netflix on July 28th 2022. All six episodes are available to stream now. The survival drama limited series stars Melissa Barrera, Austin Stowell, Jeff Wilbusch, and Juan Pablo Espinosa. Each episode runs for approximately 32-35 minutes.

After her private plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Liv must find a way to survive as she copes with her past personal traumas during her journey.

Here is the trailer:

Keep Breathing has plenty of intense moments built in with a believable performance from Melissa Barrera, but does it do enough to earn a a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Melissa Barrera gives an emotional performance.

I’ve seen a lot of survival dramas and thrillers and it’s far from easy to carry an entire film or series when you’re basically on your own. Melissa Barrera manages to captivate her audience with a heartfelt performance that redeemed this series in a lot of ways. Even the quiet moments felt real and made an impact. I enjoyed her in Scream (2022), but she took things to another level and really showed her range in this series.

I hope to see her in more things soon!

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The survival moments were really intense.

The episodes were on the shorter side which helped things, but I thoroughly enjoyed the survival moments during this series. I was actually on the edge of my seat quite a few times (especially in the beginning) and I thought the series really captured the trial and error parts of survival effectively. This was the most interesting part of the series for me and I was rooting for Liv the entire time.

The setting was also really beautiful and I think the series captured it well.

The Cons:

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The flashbacks made the series drag at times…

I totally understand the point of the flashbacks. Liv is trying to survive in a scenario that seems almost impossible and starts to think about her past and why she is trying to stay alive now. Even though the episodes were short, I often felt like I was watching this series for a long time.

Things just moved way too slow, which was really frustrating. The content was also really heavy and emotional. That’s not necessarily a con, but it didn’t help the pace when I was connecting more to other parts of the series. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I enjoyed my watch for the most part and was genuinely moved. I thought Melissa Barrera did a great job, but I don’t think that all the pieces came together seamlessly to make this into the entertaining watch I really wanted it to be.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Keep Breathing in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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