Paul (Ryan Reynolds) wakes in a panic, quickly discovering that he is trapped in a solid box and presumably buried underground. Throughout the film, we learn that Paul was a truck driver working in Iraq until he was attacked. Now he finds himself buried, running out of air and most importantly, time. With only a cell phone, a cigarette lighter and a pen, can Paul find his way out and escape this nightmare alive?
If you struggle with confined spaces (or you’re generally claustrophobic), this movie might not be for you. Our leading man is the only actor depicted on screen, and the entire duration of the film takes place underground… in a closed box. Because of this, the film is naturally dark, also meaning you will want to hope your TV can handle blacks well to enjoy the movie and feel a part of it genuinely.
Considering the film’s runtime, I was amazed at how gripping and entertaining I found Buried. With only one the actor on screen, Ryan Reynolds reminds cinema lovers that he knows how to deliver an extremely thrilling performance and is not just a funny man all the time. As the film progressed, I found myself passionately cheering on our leading character on as he makes phones calls and deals with multiple problems one after the next. I will admit that films like these are generally “a watch it once only” type of movie but it’s definitely worth the experience if you haven’t seen this film before.
Overall, Buried is a surprisingly good thriller, especially considering the film relies on one actor in one location. Buried never feels dull nor boring, but instead feels like a ticking bomb just waiting to go off. Ryan Reynolds delivers a surprising dramatic performance which will leave audiences struggling to breathe as the credits roll.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden