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This can easily be dismissed as a gimmicky film, but unlike Open Water and Frozen, where people are trapped in one area for most of the running time, Buried never loses steam and is very believable. I never considered Ryan Reynolds to be a good actor before, though I didn't dislike him, but his acting here is near Oscar nomination worthy. He makes one guy in a box interesting and more importantly, you care about what happens to him. I read the dude got a bald spot and dislocated his shoulder during the 17 days shooting days he spent in that wooden coffin. It would take some big bucks just for me to do that alone, without the whole trying to act while extremely uncomfortable part of the equation. Hopefully this will lead him away from movies like The Proposal and down the path of quality projects in the future.
Definitely check it out on DVD, but if it's playing near you, see it on the big screen. It takes claustrophobia to a whole new level.
The thrilling film is an admirable feat on the part of the scriptwriter Chris Sparling and the director Rodrigo Cortés. They refuse to rely on familiar narrative devices such as flashbacks, making the viewers share the same claustrophobic experiences of being trapped in a wooden box. It is like reading an Edgar Allan Poe short story, a well-told tale of terror that grabs your attention instantly and never lets go.
But the real star of the suspenseful film is of course Ryan Reynolds as the buried man. Unique as it is, the film's claustrophobic premise is a tricky thing to get right without capable actors, but his excellent performance almost single-handedly carries the film, of which camera consists of close ups and middle shots. His acting is effective, even in the film's darkly funny moments.
The 95 minute thriller is based on a simple concept (one man, one set), brilliantly executed by the entire cast (voices and sound effects play significant roles to enhance the suspense). Like some of the recent Spanish films ("The Orphanage" "The Others" and many others), Rodrigo Cortés's "Buried" is a gripping thriller with originality.
Bottom line, this movie required some very creative directing, writing, acting and lighting. To make a movie that takes place entirely inside of a coffin is an ambitious venture. Here it is quite well done. Just when you think where else can they go with this, they come up with some other plot device to move things along.
the "political message" here is anything but.. Wall-E had more of a overt message to send (which was disappointing as I had high hopes for that movie).
** warning: spoiler alert **
as history has shown us, people can't stand movies that don't have happy endings. boo hoo, go watch it's a wonderful life. i guarantee you if this movie had ended on more of a positive note, it would've gotten more favorable reviews.
this movie is definitely outside of the mainstream romcom action adventure horror BS that we're all subjected to day in and day out from hollywood. truly unique story lines are hard to find. while the notion of being buried alive isn't a new one, and this movie certainly causes one to reflect back to tom hanks with his volleyball on the island, it is unique and enjoyable through and through.
oh, and thank god it was a snake and not a spider, I did appreciate that. I repeat, snake good, spider bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is incredible and Ryan Reynolds' performance was Oscar-worthy. I didn't know how they could make a full length movie with essentially a cast of one, who is buried... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Skweegie27
Take a deep breath. I'm claustrophobic and WOW! Still was hooked! Ryan rocks!Published 17 days ago by Tenacious
It was a good movie, but not enough action and plot for my liking.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is very interesting, and that’s incredible, because the whole movie got basically one actor and the plot..... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fluminense Rio
OK with only one person (Ryan Reynolds) carrying the film on his backPublished 1 month ago by Sara T.
I love this movie! It's very haunting and left a lasting impression on me.Published 3 months ago by kimmyclause