There?s just not enough material here to sustain a 90-minute movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's too long, it loses all sense of direction at the 60 minute mark, and so much of the action is phone-based that after a while it starts to feel like an audiobook.
| Original Score: 6/10
Cruelly efficient yet ethically questionable, Buried jangles the nerves but gets into trouble when it aspires to political topicality.
Rodrigo Cortes keeps the action bound to the box, limiting his lighting to naturalistic approximations, so that much of Reynolds's performance consists of him grunting and heaving in the dark.
Playing a character buried underneath the ground, Ryan Reynolds reveals that when it comes to acting he's all surface and no depth.
All film-making is a manipulative art; Buried is just too overtly so.
| Original Score: 3/5
(VIDEO) Easily the worst film of 2010...
| Original Score: F
Too often revolves around the battery life of a cell phone and the amount of air remaining. That threat is terrifying in our mind but difficult to see on screen.
Whatever the reasons that draw us to the movies, spending 90 minutes trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds isn't one of them.
...plays like a Twilight Zone episode padded out to feature length.
| Original Score: C+
Reynolds delivers a relentlessly effective performance. So it's a shame that it's not more involving than it is.
Either Mr. Reynolds was directed to rant and rave, or his bellowing tantrums are meant to signal that Paul is a childish fool who isn't very bright.
Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds: Didn't we all suffer that in The Proposal?
| Original Score: 2/4
Reynolds's default has always been a sarcasm that's locked him out of seeming entirely human. In Buried, he's neutralized.
As a cautionary tale about the perils of nation building, this is both creepy and provocative, but director Rodrigo Cortés blows it in the last few minutes with a rushed ending that feels like a cheat after all the escalating tension.
(...) Como ejercicio narrativo bastante claustrofóbico y moderadamente angustiante, tiene su atractivo. Gran parte del resultado es mérito del actor Ryan Reynolds.
| Original Score: 2/5
Paul's life is treated as a novelty. Out there in the audience, we're treated as suckers.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Ends up more an exercise in bare-bones cinema than a penetrating drama, and though it's been executively efficiently, it fails to be emotionally compelling.
What starts out as a claustrophobic and suspenseful allegory about the folly of the Iraq War settles into a series of pseudo-ironic twists and a conclusion that will leave you gasping for air.
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.