A few films that take place primarily in one confined setting, ratcheting up the tension and forcing characters to confront…
170,000 sq miles of desert. 90 minutes of oxygen. No way out.
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time-fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.
Bloody hell, I was right in there with him - all the way.
Maybe the fact that being buried alive is such a common fear kept people from watching this movie, but it shouldn't have. It turned out to be surprisingly interesting with more suspense and action than you expect from a movie that takes place in such a tiny space.
However you feel about Ryan Reynolds, this is a very different type of role for him. Actually putting him in it (though he was quite good) might have been a mistake because of the baggage people carry about him (on the love and hate side). This movie should have received much more appreciation than it did.
A very simple idea, with virtually no need for effects or screen tricks, almost the entire…
Oh man, I haven't seen a thriller so breathtaking as "Buried" in some time now.
An american truck driver, working in Iraq, is trapped inside of a coffin underground with a cellphone, a zippo, a flask, and a few other things looking to find a way out before his time runs out.
I still remember people ranting in the movie theater once the movie ended the first time I went to see it, all the while I held a big smile on my face, I felt heartbroken, but in a good way. The movie didn't only succeed in a technical level, I also felt genuinely scared by it and couldn't wait to tell all my friends to see it to…
Little known Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés graces cinema screens with his brilliantly original second feature Buried. At the centre of the narrative is Iraq-based American truck driver Paul Conroy who awakens to find he’s been buried alive in a wooden coffin with only a few items to help him escape before the oxygen runs out.
The full ninety four minutes are spent sharing a coffin with Paul as he attempts to adapt to the situation he finds himself in. Because of this, it’s essential that the character is believable, convincingly performed and most importantly easy to empathise with. Therefore, it’s a rather brave decision to cast Ryan Reynolds, whose previous filmography had suffered from many poor performances. Thankfully his sporadic…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Well hell. That movie about being buried alive that everyone says is really gripping and tense? Turns out is super gripping and tense. I don't really have anything to say beyond what everyone else has said: I don't know how they got this much drama out of this gimmicky a premise, but yeah, they did. Even if I saw the final twist coming from a way off, I was legit on the edge of my seat until the last second. How many thrillers can say that any more?
The tension in this film mostly hinged on Reynolds' performance but, while he is not a bad actor, he unfortunately does not have the ability required to create a sympathetic character. The claustrophobic feel did not come across particularly well, the director made the coffin appear far too spacious with his dynamic camerawork.
That being said, the film builds up to a great climax and it is very much worth the watch.
While its location is fittingly claustrophobic and Ryan Reynolds gives an engaging performance, Buried ultimately buries itself within a finale that leaves you questioning the movie's existence.
Pretty impressive. Liked it better than Phone Booth. Reynolds was good. The ending was obvious but they sold it well enough. Loved the trouser snake laugh.
A good thriller. Ryan Reynolds gives a great one man performance. Your waiting for the bomb to explode at any moment.
Buried is a simple, claustrophobic, intense, one man show that never lets up on the intensity. Its a thought provoking thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let up until its final minutes. Pure adrenaline rush for 90 minutes. My heart was racing throughout its entire run time. You have to see it to believe it. 5/5 stars.
90 minutos de tensión sin salir nunca de la caja en la que su protagonista está enterrado. Lleva su premisa hasta las últimas consecuencias.
What I knew about this film, before watching, is only the fact that some guy got buried alive. Which is my worst nightmare.
The film starts black and I was like: Already? Is this guy already buried, no intro whatsoever? And then we see Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), indeed buried in a box with a lighter and his hands tied up. After a few moments of exploring the box, really bad, he got called. It’s interesting he didn’t find the mobile and the bag during his investigation. After some calls he ends up with Dan Brenner (Robert Paterson), a negotiator. Then the hostage calls to demand Paul to make a video or else he kills his colleague, so he does.…
- Rear Window
- 12 Angry Men
- Panic Room
- The Breakfast Club
- Citizen Kane
- Fight Club
- The Sixth Sense
- Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes…
Films with some of the best twist endings. Suggestions welcome; just don't spoil the ending in the comments :)
- Toy Story
- Mulholland Drive
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- Black Swan
Many famous directors also work within the commercial field both for the money and to play around with ideas and…