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Buried

by

Jeff Nelson

Buried is a superb and chilling film with a terrific solo performance by Reynolds and is highly recommended to see in pitch dark with a large screen and strong sound system.

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There are plenty of films now being released centered around a common fear. We've seen them throughout thriller flicks for quite a while. Not many of them are executed well or don't take advantage of all the opportunities. Buried most definitely doesn't hold back.

While on a job in Iraq, civilian contractor Paul Conroy is attacked and kidnapped, and then awakens to find himself buried alive in the desert with nothing but a lighter, a flashlight, a candle, a cell phone, and a knife. The concept is as simple as can be and never tries to complicate anything. The writing is quite good. It continues to bring up your hope for Conroy's escape only to knock it down...and repeats. There is some light humor earlier in the film which doesn't feel forced or unnatural.

Ryan Reynolds had a rather large task for this movie. He's the only character shown on screen who isn't just in a video on the phone throughout the movie. He can't feed off of other actor's dialogue. Instead, Reynolds gives a mesmerizing performance that is perhaps the best of his career. He delivers every line to perfection and feels absolutely convincing as Paul Conroy. It isn't possible for another actor to have pulled off this role as well as he did. Watching him in this will make chills run up and down your spine.

When the trailer originally was released, I was concerned about how the film would look. There is no natural lighting whatsoever and all the light is from Reynolds' lighter, flashlight, candles, and cell phone screen. Director Rodrigo CortÚs took advantage of the situation and put the audience in the coffin along with Ryan Reynolds. Throughout this film, I constantly felt as if I were in a tight space. Since there is a lighter, candles, a flashlight, and a cell phone giving off light, it enables CortÚs to play with lighting in different shades and different colors.

I've never felt so claustrophobic in a film before Buried. I doubt it would take the same effect at home when this is released on Blu-Ray and DVD. This is definitely one to see in a theater with a large screen and a great sound system. Many believed that there isn't much that could take place in this coffin for the whole film. It's unbelievable how much action takes place in this tight space. Buried is a superb and chilling film with a terrific solo performance by Reynolds and is highly recommended to see in pitch dark with a large screen and strong sound system.

My Rating = Four Stars

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