Buried (Rodrigo Cortes, 2010) Ryan Reynolds
Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.
It occurs to me to compare Buried with Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971) as another film which succeeds magnificently despite imposing strict limits on the narrative, cinematography, editing – with only one actor in one location (a car, in the latter case). But Spielberg’s film is only an hour long. Cortes’s is a 95′ feature, and does much more with MUCH less.
Cf. 127 Hours.
Garry Gillard | New: 6 March, 2017 | Now: 11 December, 2021