The Twenty-First Century

Buried [2010]

Interesting thriller starring Ryan Reynolds as a contract driver in Iraq whose vehicle gets ambushed by terrorists. When he wakes up, he finds himself buried alive in a coffin, with nothing but a cell phone and a lighter at his disposal. And so begins his race against time, as he realises that there’s not enough air for him to live long. Call it the claustrophobic version of “127 Hours”. And much Like “127 Hours”, we are trapped with Reynold’s character in a tight, confined space. From start to finish he never settles down, desperatly trying to find a way out. But can you blame him? every second he spends in that coffin is one step closer to his death. He knows it, we know it. His cell phone is running out of battery; one can feel the anxiety rising.

The first 45 minutes are absolutely breathtaking. One can truly sympathize with the guy, and Reynolds gives it his best, so that’s always a plus. But halfway through the movie, which runs close to one and a half hours, my mind started to wander. Instead of being pulled into the story, I found myself drifting away from it. It does go on a bit too long, and unlike “127 Hours” (which left me breathless), it doesn’t succeed in delivering an emotional experience. But still, “Buried” is a movie driven by curiosity; it would be interesting to watch it and find out whether or not he makes it out alive. But once you learn the ending, you won’t be interested in seeing it again.

Rating: 2.5/4

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