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 is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.
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…
"Nobody's gonna pay five-million dollars for me!" Paul Conroy
I admit, this film probably would have been higher up if I hadn't watched it on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I do, however, think that it's worth noting when a film's entire draw is lessened based purely on the viewing conditions. Had I seen this in a dark theatre, then maybe I would have gotten properly scared by it. Maybe I'd be reminded of that fear each time I saw it afterwards. I also think that this film is guilty of action for the sake of action. Yes, I know that there's not much you can do when the entire film is set inside of a box. But why not let…
I don't know if I'll ever watch this again because seeing it in the theaters knocked my cock off! And I don't wanna ruin that experience. But I probably would watch it in a theater again.
One of the best moviegoing experiences I've ever had.
Wow. Ryan Reynolds surprised me, I always thought he was just an average actor, but his performance in this movie has to be applauded. This whole movie literally takes place in a box and not once was I bored. Very suspenseful, I would recommend it. Very good watch best movie I've seen Ryan Reynolds in hands down. I'm pretty sure if it was a more recognized actor this movie would have probably been an Oscar contender for 2010. Too bad critics don't view Ryan Reynolds as a serious actor. Movie was really good regardless, I would probably watch it again, and I don't say that very often.
Intense and very unique movie. Also, kudos for he unexpected ending.
Ryan Reynolds delivers a tour-de-force in "Buried," a high-concept thriller about a man trapped in a coffin and … well, that’s all you really need to know. This is the kind of film that benefits from the element of surprise. Director Rodrigo Cortes makes an impressively assured debut. It’s not an easy feat to turn a one-character film into an edge-of-your-seater. Nicely done.
A claustrophobic, taunt, psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for air! It's feels so insanely real you can literally feel the sweat ooze from Paul Conroy's (Ryan Reynolds) pores!
Paul's terror is contagious! You can feel your throat tighten and it's harder to swallow! Your pulse is racing 100 mph! The walls are closing in on you from all 4 sides and you feel like you're on the verge of suffocating! You gasp for more air!
You breakout in a cold sweat when you realize you're only 30 minutes into the film! You can feel the adrenalin coursing through your veins! You've never felt so aware so alert! You've never been this close to death before! Your heart is…
- 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 :)
- No Blade of Grass
- The Last Wave
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors
- Miracle Mile
This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…