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and their oxygen will run out in 75 minutes unless he pays a $500,000 ransom. With aid from his friend Garrison (Bruce Davison), Jack must now engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with
the masked stranger in order to save his wife -and himself.
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Coffin is the story of a Jack Samms, a man who discovers that his wife and her lover are buried in a wooden box with less than 75 minutes to live. A mysterious stranger offers Jack the opportunity to save his wife, as streaming video shot from the "coffin" reveals what could be her final moments alive. As a duo of detectives gain clues into the disappearance of the missing wife and her lover, Jack must play ever card that he has in order to win the game of cat and mouse that he's been pulled into.
Despite being shot on a ridiculously low budget, the creators of Coffin were able to cast Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly in X-Men), and Kevin Sorbo of "Hercules" fame. The rest of the cast is largely made up of actors that have worked on short films, straight to DVD movies, and the occasional TV show. In other words, the performances in Coffin won't be scoring any movie awards.
The story itself isn't especially original. Coffin borrows elements from Saw 2, with an incredibly similar "twist" to the 2010 thriller "Abandoned" with Dean Cain and Brittany Murphy. So while the twist ending is somewhat predictable, Coffin at least throws one final curveball in the end that the audience won't see coming. The film has its moments early on, but more than a few scenes just come off as filler.
Coffin was written by Kipp Tribble, who also appears in the film as a seasoned detective who likes to play by his own rules.Read more ›
Anyway, the buried woman is the wife of Jack Samms (Patrick Barnitt), who learns his estranged wife's predicament from a masked stranger "Trick." Showing the monitored image of the inside of the coffin, Trick demands Jack pay money for their safe return. Otherwise, Jack might be involved in trouble. Oh, I almost forgot to say that the buried man is the lover of Jack's wife. You will also see Bruce Davison in a brief but pivotal role.
"Coffin" has two major problems: lack of originality, and bland direction. They could have named the masked villain "Jigsaw." The difference is that the mastermind of the "Saw" franchise is more interesting and charismatic. The character of "Trick" (or whoever it is) is nothing intriguing, and neither are Trick's criminal techniques, which I think are predictable to some. What is worse, the film is simply dull. The film's pace is too slow; characters speak too much; the screenplays needs creative ideas; and most of all, the film feels like going on and on, not knowing how to build up tension.
As you know, the terror of being "buried alive" is one of the popular themes found in thriller. Running against the clock is also one popular theme of the genre. "Coffin" has both of them, and fails to make use of them effectively.
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The movie was too boring & to predictable. I was just not interested in the story line like the commercials showed.Published on March 5, 2013 by Eileen Donahue
Heard about this movie when meeting one of the stars at a Science Fiction convention. Fun premise. Enjoyable movie to kick back and watch late night.Published on February 13, 2013 by Kathy STL
It hasn't been watched yet, but mom is a Kevin Sorbo fan so I'm sure she will love it immensely!!Published on December 19, 2012 by Craig Thayer
Truly great independent films equal or exceed the output of mainstream Hollywood in terms of energy and storytelling. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by howard spayne