Director : Rodrigo Cortes
Producer : Adrian Guerra, Peter Safran
Screenwriter : Chris Sparling
Starring : Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Ivana Mino, Samantha Mathis, Erik Palladino
With 90 minutes to save his life, Iraq-based American truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) has to face his fears, mistakes and misfortunes in the claustrophobic thriller, Buried, which hits video stores this week. We are taken on an intimate journey in this one man film that leaves you gasping for aiir.
Beaten and buried in a wooden box by Iraqi insurgents who attacked his civilian convoy, Conroy is left with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes to save his own life. He has only the voice of his kidnapper to help him piece together clues that could lead an elite team of special agents to his location and time is not on his side. Fighting despair, panic and delirium, Conroy focuses on his only link to the outside world – a cell phone with poor reception and a rapidly draining battery – to keep himself alive for himself and his family back home.
As someone who is claustrophobic, the film, for me, was a hard experience. I found myself taking deep breathes and very fidgety, I had to have lights on and the blinds open as I watched Reynolds become a man fearing for his life and facing the challenges of being confined to a box. Reynolds was absolutely on the mark in Buried. It is his finest acting to date and his biggest departure as well. Seeing as he was the only real cast member in the film, which was shot entirely in the coffin, Reynolds held the film and made Paul face the impossible, as we watched with our own fears and anxieties close to our chests.
Buried is not really a horror film in the basic sense of the genre, but it is terrifying, intense and twisted in the same manner as an Alfred Hitchcock film would be. Director Rodrigo Cortes has crafted a masterpiece and is well on his way to becoming a moder-day Hitchcock.
Buried is available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and contains a behind the scenes feature Unearthing Buried, The Making of Buried.