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Buried
     

Buried

4.6 3
Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ivana Miño, Stephen Tobolowsky

 
A man is caught in a desperate race against time in this claustrophobic thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver who has been contracted to work in Iraq, and while delivering a load of kitchen equipment as part of a humanitarian aid program, he's

Overview

A man is caught in a desperate race against time in this claustrophobic thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver who has been contracted to work in Iraq, and while delivering a load of kitchen equipment as part of a humanitarian aid program, he's captured by insurgent guerrillas who intend to hold him hostage. Paul is struck unconscious, put into a coffin-like box, and buried, and when he comes to, all he has to help him get out is a lighter and a cell phone. Trapped underground with a limited supply of air, Paul frantically calls his family, his employer, and American military and political representatives, trying to remain calm as his chances of survival slip farther away with each passing minute. Featuring the voice talent of Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis, and Erik Palladino, with all the action taking place within the underground box, Buried received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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One of several films released around the same time that feature a single character trapped in a claustrophobic environment (Moon, 127 Hours), Buried takes that concept to the extreme, sealing Ryan Reynolds inside a coffin for 90 minutes. To reveal whether Reynolds has any co-stars would be fraught with spoiler implications, potentially giving away whether Paul Conroy emerges from this predicament alive. What we can say is that Reynolds, screenwriter Chris Sparling, and director Rodrigo Cortés make this scenario both more cinematic than you might expect, and less cinematic than you might hope. On the one hand, Cortés faithfully restricts himself to the gimmick; he doesn't offer cutaways, flashbacks, or other forms of escape from the cramped quarters, either for his protagonist or for his audience. Through his use of camera angles and lighting, Cortés does pull off that counterintuitive feat of creating a dynamic viewing experience. However, in order to execute this concept and give Paul enough to do for 90 minutes, Cortés asks for major suspensions of disbelief, not to mention herculean feats from such things as cell phone batteries and Zippo fuel. What makes Buried frustrating -- more frustrating than the level Cortés intends -- is how Paul uses or misuses these available resources. Instead of recognizing his utter dependence on the people he manages to contact on the phone, Paul fritters away precious battery life on aggressively complaining about their treatment of him. It's not Reynolds' fault that this makes him harder to root for -- he's only doing his director's bidding. As for failing to conserve his light sources, well, how else is the camera supposed to pick up his face? A couple smart narrative decisions notwithstanding, Buried leaves the impression of not capitalizing quite enough on Reynolds' strong performance, the result of a reportedly harrowing shoot.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
UPC:
0031398129578
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
35,065

Special Features

Unearthing Buried: The Making Of Buried; ; Original Theatrical Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Reynolds Paul Conroy
Ivana Miño Pamela Lutti
Stephen Tobolowsky Alan Davenport
Samantha Mathis Linda Conroy
José Luis García-Pérez Jabir
Warner Loughlin Donna Mitchell
Robert Paterson Dan Brenner
Diane Farr Actor

Technical Credits
Rodrigo Cortés Director,Editor,Executive Producer
María De La Cámara Art Director
Eduard Grau Cinematographer
Adrian Guerra Producer
Alejandro Miranda Executive Producer
James Munoz Sound/Sound Designer
Gabriel Paré Art Director
Victor Reyes Score Composer
Peter Safran Producer
Chris Sparling Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Buried
1. Blindness [4:37]
2. Light [4:51]
3. Cell Phone [6:17]
4. FBI [4:59]
5. Help? [4:08]
6. Get Me the Number [8:22]
7. Take the Call [6:08]
8. What About Me? [6:48]
9. Anxious [3:13]
10. It's Paul [6:08]
11. Unexpected Attack [8:08]
12. Incoming Message [2:42]
13. Terminated [2:59]
14. Losing Hope [6:04]
15. Show Blood [7:26]
16. Have to Hurry [4:17]

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Buried 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Ruebels More than 1 year ago
So this movie was described to me as "Ryan Reynolds in a box". Hahaha. I took that to mean that most of the movie was like that, but there would be some setup, or flashback (like Castaway, Tom Hanks). NO. This is literally the whole movie. Ryan Reynolds in a box. Ryan Reynolds is a good looking guy, who is more known for popping off his shirt in every movie he's in, than for his acting chops, but after this, I suspect opinions will change. An Oscar nomination would not surprise, and would be deserved. Riveting from start to finish, with almost not music score to distract the viewer from the shear terror and hopelessness of Paul Conroys predicament. This movie is outstanding.