Martin Gero, a co-showrunner of the brand new Netflix collection Keep Breathing, had a easy message for viewers on Twitter.
After marveling that the present is at the moment #1 on Netflix, an announcement that he adorned with the “mind-blown” emoji, he then went on to precise his gratitude. “So proud of the incredible team that made this serene thriller that is resonating with so many people. And thank you for all your DM’s and tweets about how much it’s meant to you all.” And then — the disparaging feedback began rolling in.
“Show is terrible. Flat-out terrible, I mean that” one viewer mentioned in response to Gero’s tweet. Added one other: “I have wasted my time and demand @netflix should pay back my time. Too much flashback just killed this show.”
Keep Breathing is #1 on Netflix
As of the time of this writing, following the discharge of the 6-episode collection final week, Keep Breathing is the #1 present on the streamer within the US.
Counterintuitively, nevertheless, each the present’s viewers and critics’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes are, in a phrase, abysmal.
Both of these stand at a horrible 43% at the moment. “Come for the scenery here and stay around for the solo acting, but don’t expect to be fully, thrillingly engaged,” writes a critic for Canada’s The Globe and Mail. Writes one other, for The Guardian: “Even without being hamstrung by context, there is not much to detain you here. Keep Breathing is determinedly basic stuff.”
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The plot of this survival thriller is fairly simple. A New York lawyer — Liv, performed by Melissa Barrera — survives when her personal airplane crashes within the distant Canadian frontier. She battles “an unforgiving wilderness and past personal demons,” in line with the Netflix description, with a view to keep alive.
Based on the response from critics in addition to viewers, in the meantime, the consensus right here appears to be that that is one other occasion of Netflix prioritizing amount over high quality. The Crown, this isn’t. And at a time when high quality presumably should matter greater than ever to the streamer, with some large and extremely anticipated productions hitting rivals HBO Max, Amazon’s Prime Video, and Disney+ quickly.
“Netflix has forgotten that the customer is always right,” one Keep Breathing viewer wrote on Rotten Tomatoes on Tuesday, August 2. “If only they would listen to those paying for subscriptions, they may avoid 80% of their current catalog being total crap like this.”