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Buried

A 2010 movie directed by Rodrigo Cortes.

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A nightmare, a labyrinth. A brillaint thriller as well as a taut drama.

  • Mar 11, 2011
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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 the suspense never softens. It remains consistent, taut, and pretty much perfect throughout. It's the kind of thriller that makes you uncomfortably claustrophobic, sympathetic for its character, and emotionally involved all at the same time. I thought that we weren't allowed to make thrillers like that anymore. But "Buried" is the kind of thriller that packs a hell of a punch in the way of tension. It's the kind of entertaining, nightmarish abyss of a film that you wish came out every weekend, but alas does not. The reason behind that is because not everyone is a genius. Very few directors can make a good thriller; let alone a good drama. The beauty of this film is that is succeeds, almost miraculously, at being both a drama AND a thriller, and often times it decides to mix the two together to the point where you just can't tell the difference. It's addicting, intoxicatingly brilliant filmmaking; and it's one of 2010's finest movies. I didn't expect a movie that virtually stars Ryan Reynolds-and-Ryan Reynolds alone to be this good, but here we are. "Buried" will piss off a lot of Ryan Reynolds fangirls since for once, the guy doesn't have to take his shirt off and act stupid. He's essentially doing the complete opposite of what he's lead us to expect out of him. He had me fooled. I seriously thought for a second that he wasn't a talented actor. And then this piece of work comes along. This is his best movie, his best performance, and all-together the best character he has even inhabited. I never thought I'd say this, but Reynolds; you rock. I was insanely surprised by this masterpiece, and I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't incredibly claustrophobic. If you can conquer your fears like the incredible hero of this story, then you can survive "Buried". Chances are, some will love it. There's also a good chance that most will forget it. Nevertheless, I loved it. It's one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long, long time. There are many reasons to want to see it.

You know the premise of this film. Admit it; you do. So why, oh why, should I explain it to you anyways? The answer: because I feel like it. So "Buried" is essentially all about a guy who wakes up to a lot of dust as well as the concept that he's locked inside a coffin. He doesn't know why he's in there, and he doesn't know how to get out. The top just won't kick out like it should. He's buried underground, no doubt. And he soon discovers that there may actually be a way out. He finds his Blackberry, a lighter, a flashlight, a glow-stick, and some booze in the coffin with him. He tries to make the best of what he's got; and makes a couple calls with his phone. He comes in contact with a few people, and then...well, that would be going too far. Some synopsis' start there; but this one has to be experienced by the individual viewer. The entire film takes place in the coffin. That sounds boring, I know, but bear with me. The thing is far more entertaining and ingenious than it seems. It even goes by faster than it should have; and I really appreciate that. You witness the guy coping with his sticky situation in extreme ways. Towards the end, it actually becomes more emotional; but still as thrilling as it always has been. And even though it's as good as it is; I should not have loved this movie as much as I did. "Buried", for me, was the kind of thriller that doesn't just come out of nowhere. It's the kind that does not seek to provoke through disturbing imagery; but rather ideas, or in this case, the premise. I enjoyed the film because it had edge; and lingered on so many things at once. It never feels weak, and it never slows down to let us rest. It's admirably crafty thriller-fare, and seriously, I can't complain about one damn thing. It's brilliant; unlike most of the thrillers that released in 2010.

Ryan Reynolds has never had a better role than that of Paul Conroy. I've seen Reynolds in some pretty decent or even good stuff; but this is the best he has to offer. I think the reason behind his grand success is the grit, inspiration, and pure dedication that the actor puts into his performance. All good thrillers have a good character; and this one has a very good one, at best. Reynolds somehow uses his talents to evoke tender emotion and intensity; and yes, often times at the same moment. He accomplishes what very few actors have in 2010; and this means he has a good future ahead of him. But that's just how it seems; they said the same for Jean-Claude Van Damme when he was in "JVCD". Look at him now. He's back to generic B-movie crap. Maybe Reynolds will avoid such a grim fate. Isn't it pretty to think so?

I'd expect a movie like "Buried" to be a indie flick; and a damn good one given the premise. But then Ryan Reynolds is in it; so it can't be THAT indie. But does it really matter? No, it does not. "Buried" is a superb, flawless example of thriller-filmmaking at its best. From the "Vertigo"-inspired poster art to the interesting trailers; something about this film intrigued me. Now that I've seen it, I also know how beautiful and genuine it is. This is one hell of a thriller; and if you want to make a damn good one, then look here for guidance. It's quite awesome how an entertaining movie such as this can also be disturbing, claustrophobic, and yes, quite frightening all at the same time. It's not every day you see a thriller as thrilling as this; or a drama as gripping as "Buried". There was something special about it. Something so special, in fact, that no other film possesses such positive attributes. The film is brought to life with beautiful, appropriately tense cinematography; some of the best I've seen in a film for 2010. The cinematography creates a certain unforgettable atmospheric quality for the film. The thing is so suspenseful and atmospheric that the slightest shift in tone can catch you off guard. There is one scene in which Reynolds' character forcefully cuts off his own finger. We don't see this in graphic detail (which makes it NOT torture porn), although we still find it pretty disturbing. This is because no matter how intense the thing is; nothing could prepare us for such a moment aside from our own anticipation; and even we aren't imaginative enough to think of such a thing occurring. This is an original film; with plenty of nightmarish and brilliant qualities. There's few like it.

"Buried" is not just a thriller; it's also a tender melodrama and an intense yet never active action film. It's a rare thriller that never (literally) goes anywhere aside from in the coffin; and while it should have been boring, the filmmakers make it worth our while. I go to thrillers to be thrilled. This is one movie of that genre that seriously knows what it's doing; it's never pretending to be anything. It was smart, unique, and quite entertaining in the end. And yes; I did indeed say entertaining. I know that this film, being as tense and claustrophobic as it is, should not have been labeled as entertaining. But when it's as well-made as "Buried", you can't help yourself. This is the kind of film that earns its stripes. Some may be thrown off by the nearly hilarious ending, but then again I can't imagine the thing ending in a particularly better way. The thing is just to crafty to have a happy ending; it was always to end as a tragedy. As of now, I think this film is missing from my DVD collection, and I need to give it a warm welcome soon enough. In a world where a lot of crap is dished out from every genre, in each year; there's stuff like "Buried" that exists to remind us just how good you can get with these kinds of films. I loved "Buried", and found it as nightmarish as it was emotionally sincere. It takes a damn fine thriller to have as much of an impact on me as this one did; but in the end, it's a matter of personal taste, I suppose. You will probably end up enjoying this film for its consistency, but few will love it as much as I do. Sometimes you just need to love a movie for what it does; and judge it on how well it does it. "Buried" just wants to thrill the audience. And guess what; it does just that. And that's probably why it's a brilliant genre picture, as well as a brilliant film that most definitely achieves perfection. I adore it, and I highly recommend a viewing. If the premise scares you, then the movie will scare you even more. But when beauty seemingly seeps through the cracks yet doesn't invade everything else, then you've got a real, genuine film on your hands. I'm not sure if "Buried" can be called powerful, but anyways; it can be called very, very good. Take it for what it is and nothing else. You may find yourself trapped as well.

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March 11, 2011
Yeah this one was really good.
March 13, 2011
I liked it too. simple and yet engaging--
 
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review by . December 01, 2010
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      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 …
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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    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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