Critic Consensus: Wringing a seemingly impossible amount of gripping drama out of its claustrophobic premise, Buried is a nerve-wracking showcase for Ryan Reynolds' talent.
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Critic Reviews for Buried
Buried, despite its seemingly impossible premise, is by turns funny, suspenseful, moving and -- in one heart-stopping sequence worthy of Indiana Jones -- incredibly exciting.
If the aim is to be unpredictable and to revel in cynicism, you run the risk -- realized here -- that the movie becomes more an authorial statement of purpose than a story the audience can believe in.
Buried is a one of a kind experience that goes well beyond just a movie with a neat idea. It's a thriller that really works and is one of the best films I've seen all year.
A nifty gimmick rarely translates into satisfying cinema, but Buried qualifies as an exception.
Audience Reviews for Buried
A very intense film. A movie some one has to see to just get the feeling.
A manipulative thriller that wants to be a claustrophobic experience but has an irritatingly intrusive score and a heavy-handed direction that is so unnecessarily overstylish. Besides, Reynolds is not that good and his character acts like an imbecile during most of the film.
You know how when you're watching a film and something happens onscreen that makes you think, "hey, it wouldn't happen like that in real life ... that's bogus!" which kind''ve ruins the whole suspension of belief thing?
This is not that film.
With a nod to the master, Alfred Hitchcock, we are offered several opportunities wherewith the movies have trained us to expect a certain unbelievable outcome ... and then quietly denied that expectation. Its all very refreshing, in a mesmerizing, hands-around-your-throat sort of way, as a man awakens buried in a coffin and, with his air diminishing, works to escape. Ryan Reynolds does well portraying nervous anxiety.
Really very good.
|Paul Conroy:||It's wierd knowing.|
|Jabir:||American, breath no breath?|
|Paul Conroy:||Yea, you're a terrorist you son of a bitch!|
|Jabir:||You terrified, so I'm terrorist.|
|Paul Conroy:||The situation is in a coffin.|
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