Buried (2010)

Posted: May 6, 2011 in Hollywood

  

Buried

Storyline

Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working as a contractor in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there’s not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource–himself. –IMDb

Director:

Rodrigo Cortés

Writer:

Chris Sparling

Stars:

Ryan ReynoldsJosé Luis García Pérez and Robert Paterson

Genres:

 Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Taglines:

 Paul Conroy has just woken up buried 6 feet underground. He has a mobile phone. 90 minutes of oxygen. And no way out.

Finally saw the movie. Had been waiting for this for a long time. The theme of the movie itself really intrigued me. The movie starts off with black screen and you hear a person panting and breathing heavily for a couple of minutes. Then we find the protagonist is trapped in a box. A long box, the length of a human body, buried deep beneath the ground with only a Zippo lighter and a cell phone. From there the film plays out in an awe inspiring way, especially seeing as there’s only so much you can reveal from one location. The way Rodrigo Cortes handled the filming is truly exceptional. From the start the camera switches between closely claustrophobic, and flying high above Ryan, showing the box with him inside and black all around. It’s constantly on the move just like our main character’s thoughts. Diving in when the action is intense, and then cutting to black when you don’t think you can take any more. Cinematographer Eduard Grau gets the best out of the mere two light sources to make the experience a frighteningly vivid one.

The pacing and plot of the film were nothing short of genius. And Chris Sparling, the writer, should be commended for his work. According to him,after having his scripts rejected for their cost of locations, he decided to go for a cheep but genius idea. One location, one star, and a wealth of idea’s. It makes a film like ‘Salt’ look like a giant waste of resources, when Buried does what even some of the best thrillers can’t do, it brings us inside the character’s head, and does it all without a romp through the city, or blowing things up. Its a film that keeps things deadly simple, one character, one location and a one line but horribly inspired plot, those looking for flashy visuals or big action should turn far, far away from this one. The fact that you can’t see what is going on above ground adds to the tension and you are never quite sure what to believe. The final five minutes are about as nail-biting as five minutes of film can possibly be.

Still of Ryan Reynolds in Buried

Reynolds gives the performance of his life here, running through a series of emotions, angry, sarcastic and terrified are but a few. Compelling and sympathetic, likely physically tiring too he holds the film wonderfully. The movie is literally his. Sure, there are those he speaks to over the phone but for the film’s length, he is the only physical presence on screen. He goes through every emotion possible: fear, panic, anger, sadness, happiness, depression, acceptance, and all of it played so convincingly that you almost wonder whether they genuinely buried the actor and left a camera in there with him. **SPOILERS ALERT** I really felt sorry for the protagonist that though I loved the ending of the movie, I just hoped he would make it out alive.**SPOILERS END**

If you’re one of those people who loves to sit on the edge of your seat, chewing at your fingernails, while you’re constantly asking yourself what’s going to happen next. Then by all means watch Buried, and consider yourself lucky that you’re not in his shoes.  It is gripping, moving, frustrating, and terrifying.  Oh yeah, and it all takes place inside a box… After all these said, it surely won’t appeal to everyone and my rating might seem generous, but for doing this well on such a risky concept, and putting together a suspense that remains thought provoking after, I rate it 8 out of 10.

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Comments
  1. HIsido says:

    good work bro

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