Buried (2010) – A Review
Otherwise known as ‘Ryan In A Box’. I wanted to check this film out mainly for curiosity. Films set in one locations seem to be a type of cinematic experiment by filmmakers. Hitchcock had always wanted to set an entire film in a phone booth, which Joel Schumacher would do in his 2002 film. So director Rodrigo Cortes takes things further setting his entire film in a buried coffin.
Ryan Reynolds is Paul Conroy a truck driver working in Iraq who wakes up to discover he’s been put in a coffin. That sums it all up. It’s a pretty terrifying scenario (one that we saw used in Kill Bill), but I wasn’t really expecting that much and it seemed like a gimmick that wouldn’t hold my attention, but I enjoyed more than I thought it would.
It’s a one man show and Reynolds is pretty good as he frantically tries to make calls to get himself out of there. It milks the claustrophic setting pretty well with hows it shot and lit. I still felt the film felt padded at times, but overall it’s an intriguing idea that although not perfect is still an effective suspense story.