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A 2010 movie directed by Rodrigo Cortes.

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Buried could be describable as a claustrophobic suspense movie that sets a real time-clock to your p

  • Dec 1, 2010

If you're trying to get away from a deadly trap chances to fail are incredibly high. If you're trying to breathe the same air that you "burn" you're seriously out of time. And if you're trying to make a phone call to your loved ones be sure that you'll hardly get them home. These are some so-called "getaway theories" that I noticed from watching this movie. None of them I consider to be fresh news though. But was that a problem for Buried?... It wasn't. Buried could be describable as a claustrophobic suspense movie that sets a real time-clock to your patience, all said in a good way. It's a good moisture of anxiety, pressure, regrets and confusing times. You'd be amazed of how many (important) things you could forget when time's keeping you under pressure, when your life is in danger and especially when you need to remember them. The things is ... when the anxiety passes and you're getting calmer, you will remember those things but then it will be too late. This pretty much sums up what this movie is about. It's about the reality and reality is usually harsh to us.

The story is simple. It's about a U.S. contractor, Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), who works in Iraq and after an attack by a group of iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With just a lighter, a cell phone and few other useless things he finds himself in a race against time to escape from this deadly trap. I wished this would turn out to be a "Hitchc*ckian" structure of the story but it isn't. it is good but it has it's flaws in realism and logic at times although the ending is as real as it could be and that is a great aspect of this film. All the film is shot inside the coffin so don't expect anyone else in the movie besides our main character Paul. There is suspense, there is interest in the denouement but it kinda looses it's charm right at the end but the little "twist" in the end reinvigorates the atmosphere.

The casting of Ryan Reynolds was good. I like this actor, I think he has a great potential and he just needs to work harder because there is the talent and this movie proved it. His performance as the scared and anxious contractor is touching but nothing the Academy would look for. I needed to mention this just because I saw a lot of positive reviews that were overpraising his portrayal which to me is a little bit extreme.

Technically I don't agree with few things. The movie was shot inside the coffin all the time and I understand that but why did some shots had to deliver something impossible to be seen. Sometimes the camera moved up and down too much or there is this specific scene in which the camera rises and rises through the top of the coffin and it doesn't stop. Now, I know that the director wanted to offer the audience a feeling of depth but that didn't fit, in my opinion, the claustrophobic atmosphere in this movie and it kinda ruined it. I hoped for real dramatic shots inside that coffin. I wanted to feel the pressure and the dizziness. I wanted to feel frightened from a place like that but those shots ruined the most important technical aspect of this movie. The score was pretty good though it was necessary for one so I didn't quite paid attention to it that much.

On a short note, Buried is that film which is good but it won't get it's second viewing from the usual movie fan. It's a film I recommend to anyone who likes these kind of atmospheric and thrilling movie. It's an interesting experience which you may enjoy but it's not a movie for the narrow-minded since it will mostly become too dull or boring to them. Hope you enjoyed reading my review and here are the usual ratings for this mysterious film.

Storyline/Dialogue: 7,5/10.
Acting: 8/10.
Art Direction: -
Cinematography/Editing: 7/10.
Score/Soundtrack: 7/10.
Overall: 7,5

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December 05, 2010
Interesting...I need to give this a look once the BD drops. Thanks for sharing!
January 21, 2011
just saw it and I think I liked it as much as you did. I am with you on its poor replay value.
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**** out of ****     The last time I saw a movie opening as cool as the one in "Buried" was when I looked upon the super-awesome opening to "Vacancy", which sadly lead to an ultimately mediocre film. I kind of expected that to happen with "Buried"; and then again I kind of didn't. I wasn't exactly thrilled about being locked in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds for a little over an hour and a half, but the film is much more than the premise suggests. The genius behind "Buried" is that …
review by . October 31, 2010
Paul Conroy, a private contractor, working as a truck driver in Iraq, wakes up after an ambush to discover he is inside a wooden coffin buried beneath the desert sand. He has nothing but a lighter, a flask with whiskey, some pills and a cell phone provided to him by his captors. He begins to make desperate calls for help as time drags on and his situation becomes more and more dire.    This is the premise (and a large portion of the plot) of BURIED, an independent film from Spain, …
review by . September 25, 2010
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95 minutes in a box
BURIED   Written by Chris Sparling   Directed by Rodrigo Cortes   Starring Ryan Reynolds      Jabir: You are terrified so I am terrorist?      I suspect claustrophobia likely affects more people than actually realize it.  Feeling trapped without any real means of escape, either physically or metaphorically, is certainly something we can all agree is unpleasant at the least.  In extreme cases, your breath gets short and …
review by . April 12, 2011
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 Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver that is working as a contractor in Irag in 2006, and one day he wakes up to nothing but pitch darkness. He feels around trying to figure out where he is, and with a lighter lights up to what he finds is a wooden coffin. As anyone would Paul begins to panic, and has starts screaming and banging on the sides of the coffin. Then he hears this buzzing noise and the coffin lights up, and Paul realizes it is a phone that someone has planted …
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2010
Anyone looking for a little more insight into how BURIED was made should check out my interview with Ryan Reynolds and director, Rodrigo Cortes .. http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2010/1...iews-ryan-reynolds.html
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Buried is an upcoming Spanish-Australia-American indie thriller-horror film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Anne Lockhart and Ivana Miño.

Paul Conroy, a truck driver, awakens buried alive six feet underground with nothing but a lighter, a knife and a cell phone. Although he has no idea as to how he got there, he soon starts to remember what has happened to him.

  • Buried is a 2010 thriller film directed by RodrigoCortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Anne Lockhart and Ivana Miño.
    The film revolves around Iraq-based American truck driver Paul Conroy (Reynolds), who, after being attacked by a group of Iraqis, finds himself buried alivein a wooden coffin, with only a lighter and a mobile phone to help him escape before the oxygen in the coffin runs out. Since its premiere at the Sundance FilmFestival, the film has generated considerable acclaim.
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    Movies, Action Movies, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Ryan Reynolds, Ivana Mino, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Rodrigo Cortes, Robert Paterson


    Director: Rodrigo Cortés
    Genre: Mystery
    Release Date: 8 October 2010 (USA)
    MPAA Rating: R
    Screen Writer: Chris Sparling
    Runtime: 1hr 34min
    Studio: Versus Entertainment
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