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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.
I can be extremely claustrophobic, so this movie really fucks me up at times. It's extremely impressive that a 95-minute film, taking place in a single location with one actor, can feel so fast-paced and still so damn intense on rewatch (this is actually my third time seeing it now). Ryan Reynolds nails a rather complex role - you know, with the hefty task of carrying an entire movie like this on his shoulders - and the ending is incredible.
It's really a shame that this side of Reynolds isn't utilized more often.
Bloody hell, I was right in there with him - all the way.
Nineteenth watch of Noir-Vember. Every now and then one of these genre-films that takes place in a single, confined location - like this year’s Locke - sticks its head above the water. In 2010 this was Rodrigo Cortés’ Buried about one of the most anxious situations possibly imaginable: being buried alive. This is what happens to Paul, a simple man working as a truck driver for the American army in Iraq. Though not really being employed by or involved with the military, Paul is put under ground in a coffin with only a lighter and a cell phone by a group of Iraqis in order to get their hands on a sum of hostage money. The film heavily relies on…
"What's in the box"
"What's in the box"
No wait!!!! Wrong movie and that was just a head. Here we have a full live grown man called Ryan Reynolds stuck in a box (pretty sure plenty of ladies would like to have him stuck in their box too hehe).
It's incredible to think that one hour and an half of a man stuck in a box would keep anyone entertained. This keeps me on the edge of my seat everytime. Ryan's performance is incredbile too and makes the whole movie work.
What is more disturbing,it has probably happened to some poor soul
over in Iraq.:-(
5.Piece of paper
6.Blackberry Phone ( If only Facebook/Wats…
A surprisingly gripping and intense film, brilliantly constructed with a really fantastic and moving performance by Ryan Reynolds. It's really impressive minimalist film-making and I love that it didn't abandon it's concept. Reynolds is riveting and being buried with him gives you a powerful experience of all the emotions he goes through. There are a couple silly moments that occur I guess to excite the plot a bit, but I found the premise, the story and the way it was revealed to us through Reynolds phone calls truly compelling and director Rodrigo Cortés is not afraid to go grim and I (think) applaud him for that.
I needed six cigarettes, three Xanax, a bubble bath, four days of mountain meditation, and a year of therapy to get over the stress and anxiety of this fucking movie.
God damn it.
English and Portuguese review / Review em Inglês e Português
What a day to waste my time. I liked the last 7-10 minutes. The ending it's very realistic, even though it's obvious. That's it.
Que dia pra perder meu tempo. Eu gostei dos últimos 7-10 minutos. O final é bem realista, mesmo sendo óbvio. É isso.
The concept is good, Reynolds plays pretty good, but the story isn't strong enough and the ending is just lame...
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Ryan Reynolds does a good job as a civilian held captive in 2006 Iraq. But given the constrained working conditions, here is a case of a film where I'd rather star as the ancillary characters (or, voice actors) than the protagonist.
There's a lot to like, with Ryan's character, Paul, almost acting as the voice of the director, to tell us that all victims are victims and still people, rather than just a statistic. His phone conversations raise interesting points on Bush's policy of "we don't negotiate with terrorists" and the idea that Americans and Israeli; Christians and Muslims are still one people, the human race. The blanket statement that equates all Muslims to terrorists is a false one; these…
This is a mildly entertaining, though instantly forgettable Spanish / American co-production from director Rodrigo Cortés about a man buried alive in a wooden coffin. The film comes across, for the most part, as an exercise in directorial and in particular Hitchcockian technique. As a filmic exercise this is fine, but as an engaging viewing experience, possibly not so good. Set in 2006 in war-torn Iraq, the "action" revolves around Paul (Ryan Reynolds), a civilian truck driver who is kidnapped and buried alive in a wooden coffin. He awakens and finds a mobile phone and a lighter and soon afterwards receives a call from Jabir (José Luis García Pérez), the leader of the kidnappers demanding a $5 million ransom. Paul…
Reynolds' character did some really dumb and irrational things I just couldn't overlook. (Attempting to burn a snake?! While trapped in a coffin?! With said snake?! Hello?! What's this man's IQ anyway?!) Then again, maybe the director just wanted the audience to get so pissed with Reynolds that they didn't care if he lived or died in the end. In which case, this film succeeded tremendously.
Locke > Buried
I can't imagine watching this in a theatre because when my brother, Dad and I watched it, we were screaming our heads off! It's insanely suspenseful and we couldn't sit still or keep ourselves from gasping. I love it.
Intrigante y claustrofóbica, su propuesta funciona a la perfección.
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