Buried (15)

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GOING UNDERGROUND Reynolds speaks from the grave

GOING UNDERGROUND Reynolds speaks from the grave.

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Sep 28 2010

The urge for up-and-coming Hollywood pretty boys to prove their dramatic chops has led to bizarre career U-turns for everyone from Jerry Lewis to Ashton Kutcher, and now it’s the turn of newly minted A-lister Ryan Reynolds, who filled in time between flirting with Sandra Bullock in ‘The Proposal’ and slipping on the emerald tights for forthcoming superhero epic ‘Green Lantern’ by making an entire movie in a seven-by-three-foot box.

Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, a US contractor ambushed in Iraq who wakes to find himself six feet underground with only a cellphone and a Zippo. It’s an intriguing set-up, and the early scenes are superbly clammy as Paul deals first with his gruff Iraqi kidnappers and then with the infuriatingly sceptical US authorities, all the while keeping an eye on his dwindling air supply.

But writer-director Rodrigo Cortés struggles to maintain the tension, and his desire to appeal to the multiplex crowd leads to some bizarre, incongruous episodes: the sudden appearance of a snake is more laughable than terrifying, while Paul’s teary, Oscar-bait farewell to his geriatric mum feels heavy handed. If Cortés had dialled back the narrative intrigue and audience manipulation in favour of a more grimly realistic approach, ‘Buried’ could have been a bona fide, claustrophobic classic. As it is, this is a solid, unsettling, at times very entertaining thriller – but the jury’s still out on Reynolds.
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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 1, 2010

Duration:

95 mins

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John Cooper

This is a tough movie to watching, dealing as it does with that scariest of nightmares . . being buried alive! For the 45 minutes before the arrival of the snake, I found the realism of the film almost unbearable . . But the arrival of the snake reduced the tension . . . I mean being buried alive is enough for anyone to handle . . add snakes to the equation . . . and you start thinking. hey . . . this is only a film . . . Ryan Reynolds is in a box surrounded by the production team . .There's a snake handler there . . . Ryan'll be OK. . . Still . . it's an impressive effort and I think that Tom Huddleston is a bit hard on Ryan Reynolds who gives a credible performance as a bewidered American caught up in the horrors of war. . . . I liked the mobile phone humour, and I imagine that one would have that sort of trouble with the emergency services . . . Hmm . . you're trapped in a coffin underground . . . Do you want police fire or ambulance, sir? . . .Despite the ending this is a feel-good film in that whatever your situation . . it has to be an improvement on Ryan Reynold's predicament . . . . Oh yes . . . and it's a bit of boost for smokers, as where would he have been without that cigarette lighter. .!?! . . . . . .

Ewan Thomson

The usual curmudgeonly, up it's arse review, from the usual curmudgeonly, wannabe-but-don't-have-any-talent-so-comment-on-other-people's-work TO critic wanker. This film is a remarkable achievement both behind and in front of the camera. Tom Huddleston you are a dick.

Freya Pit9792

This film Is bloody... something. Speachless, I'd say this reviewer is saying words we dont know how to, just to say that ending is cruel

Freya Pit9792

This film Is bloody... something. Speachless, I'd say this reviewer is saying words we dont know how to, just to say that ending is cruel

Thomas Noctor

Snorefest! On one level this movie shows what can happen, but I don't want to see a man in a box for an hour and a half, if I did I would have went to bed, got under the covers with a torch! The ending was a let down too! Was going to turn it off after 45 mins but I had to see what the hype was about. I'll say no more! Avoid if your expecting a tense movie. This movie will be like a horror film to Claustrophobes!

Kate

Best film I've seen in a long time. I'm not a thriller fan, but this had me at the edge of my seat, which is quite a feat given the limitations & confines of the format. Really well done.

Kate

Best film I've seen in a long time. I'm not a thriller fan, but this had me at the edge of my seat, which is quite a feat given the limitations & confines of the format. Really well done.

scrumpyjack

Great performance from Renolds. But I must confess to checking the time (turned on mobile) on the 70 min mark. So despite his stirling work.....not really satisfying. 6/10

critique

The Time Out reviewer is pretty much spot-on with his review. Not a bad feat to maintain interest over 95 minutes in a single-set movie.