Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for language and some violent content.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: An intense, claustrophobic thriller, inventively filmed and powerfully acted by Ryan Reynolds.
Unearthing Buried: The Making Of Buried; Original Theatrical Trailers.
From the opening breaths in the darkness, you are trapped along with Paul
Conroy (Ryan Reynolds "Just Friends") who wakes up in a wooden box with just a lighter
and a cell phone. We learn that he had been a
truck driver in Iraq, contracted by a U.S. company to deliver supplies.
There was an ambush, he was knocked unconscious and now he is alone in the dark and
without the emergency contact number he was given.
Drector Rodrigo Cortés (The Contestant"), writer Chris Sparling and cinematographer Edward Glau have given us
about as much room to breathe as Paul has and while Buried could certainly do with a bit more editing around the middle, it still works as an all-out thriller, plus it comes pretty close to becoming a reasonable anti-war statement as well. Of the many phone
connections Paul makes, the runaround he receives from his corporate
employers should inspire enough anger to extinguish all the oxygen
from wherever you're sitting.
This film is easy to enjoy for its sheer
audacity, but it is by far fom perfect although it does manage to stretch a single idea
into a full length motion picture. And Ryan
Reynolds seems to have just the right mix of acting chops and humor for the part. If they'd added a few extra elements a few more times around the middle, we might have been watching a genuine classic.