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Breathing Room aka A Room to Breathe, is a 2008 Horror Film written and directed by John Suits and Gabriel Cowan. A woman named Tonya Mane wakes up naked and confused in a stark room with thirteen other people. She learns that she and the others are part of a deadly game. They are all fitted with collars that can deliver a deadly electric shock. They are told that the goal of the game is to figure out why they are there, and that "only those without collars can break the rules". The residents of the room soon find out that they are under surveillance and that there are killers in their midst.

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  • Deadly Game: The prisoners must figure out why they are here. There can only be one winner, who will win their life. In actuality, the only "winner" is the planned operative, with the goal being to find out how well they can integrate themselves into deep cover.
  • The Mole: The prisoners soon realize that one of them must be funneling information to their captors.
  • Shock Collar: Each of the prisoners is fitted with one. The shock it can deliver is lethal, as is rapidly demonstrated when one of the occupants tries to leave.
  • There Can Be Only One: The prisoners soon learn that only one of them can survive. Of course, a few of them plan to break this rule, but only those without collars can break the rules...

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