A civilian truck driver in Iraq falls victim to a band of insurgents. An unknown length of time later, he awakes in a coffin, with only a lighter and a phone. Faced with a dwindling oxygen supply and low battery, Paul must fight panic and delirium as he awaits a rescue that might not arrive in time.
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Like '12 Angry Men' and 'Locke', a perfect encapsulation of cinematic creative limitation with the use of a single-setting conceit. A sterling acting performance and a gripping development of narrative enigmas works wonders. It might be fairly mid-brow, but that doesn't negate its strong delivery.
All the claustrophobia you can handle and a surprisingly tolerable Ryan Reynolds, who, believe it or not, doesn't need to show us his abs as he navigates a coffin for an hour and a half. Armed with nothing more than a cellphone, knife, and lighter, Reynolds is able to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with his high-energy performance. We are thrust into the film; forced to endure the fear, panic, & stress.
Considering the film has one actor in it and takes place in a space the size of a coffin, this film is extremely impressive. I was very entertained the whole way through. Ryan Reynolds actually shows some acting chops and the consistently changing lighting was done very cleverly. Oh and the ending is magnificent, best part of the film. Overall, a very solid suspense film that I would definitely recommend watching.
The Birds meets Rope meets sandy-chokey despair. Reynold's finest acting performance?'sho!We're heavy breathing since minute one with him & that final call 'sorry but he led us to..." is so soul-crushing i didn't even have the time to fill my tear ducts as Cortés allowed no sentimentality and as Lang once did, cut it clean off, with that abrutp ending.Unforgettable and scary.And a brilliant top-notch script to boot.
This film could have used other tricks to make the story interesting instead of packing it full with an action movie-like score and non-stop drama (like yes, flashbacks). But on the other hand, this looks like a challenge on how long you can stretch time on a film about someone trying tp get out of a coffin using the bare essentials, and nothing else. For this, it definitely serves its purpose, and won.
Depending on your taste you had to think about Edgar Allan Poe's ahort stories or George Sluizer's The Vanishing (1988) while seeing Buried and if you're claustrophobic, the sole mention of the title for sure prevented you to see it. One actor, one location, that was a challenge and I must say that I was impressed by the director's skill. A very good surprise. Recommended.