Friday, January 21, 2011

Movie Review: Buried

Imagine waking up in a dark place. The room is quiet except for your beating heart and panting breath. Slowly, you use your hands to explore the surroundings. 

During the search, you find a metal lighter laying beside you. With the flick of your thumb, the flame illuminates the room. As your eyes adjust, you realize that you are not a home, but rather in a wooden coffin six feet underground. You scream for help, but nobody hears you. 

With only 90-minutes of air remaining, Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) must use a lighter and cellphone to find his way out.

From the very first moment of Buried, we find Paul is in a pretty scary situation. We don't know where he is or why he's trapped in the coffin, but we do know this is one place we don't want to be. In a word, the movie is terrifying.

Thanks to the cinematography and special effects, the audience gets a real sense of claustrophobia.

More than in any movie, I practically finished the film gasping for air and physically shaking. The director, Rodrigo Cortes, does an excellent job of creating tension from the first to last frame and does very little to offer relief.

Buried is an experience. It is a movie that will leave a lasting impression upon you and may even cause some nightmares. What would you do? How would you escape? These are the very questions that will cross your mind as you painfully watch Paul fight for his life.

While credit is definitely due to the director and his team, one cannot forget the amazing performance by Ryan Reynolds. It is because of Ryan's ability to convey honest emotion, that we all are engrossed in this small universe we call a box. Just brilliant!

I really like Buried. The movie is very disturbing and intense, but worth the price of admission. I strongly recommend that you watch the film at night, and in a very dark room, as it will amplify the experience. Once your done, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

The movie is rated R for strong language and violent content.    

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