Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Paul Conroy, a civilian truck driver working in Iraq, wakes to find himself buried in a coffin in the desert sand. He has apparently been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Frantic, and running out of air, he has little besides a lighter and a cell phone to aid him.
I don't remember hearing about this when it came out, but Buried is a tense and claustrophobic movie shown entirely from the point of view inside the coffin. Ryan Reynolds does a good job bringing realism to his character's predicament. A couple of plot threads intended to enhance the intrinsic drama unfortunately diminished the impact; if the director had focused more on the core story it might have worked better overall.