Buried captures all of them perfectly with great performance from Ryan Reynolds and a very different experience from which you ever had in your life.
After a truck driver wakes up inside a coffin, he discovers that terrorists captured him and are holding him for ransom. All he has with him is a phone and a knife.
Despite the fact that this movie is filmed in a coffin the entire time, the movie interests us every step of the way. The claustrophobic setting makes the movie really tense. The fact that this movie is filmed in a coffin for the whole movie makes for an impressive feat.
Ryan Reynolds gave a gripping performance which carried this movie expertly. His emotions and facial expressions engage us in the movie in many scenes.
I'm not going to spoil the ending but it is quite unexpected and sad. However, it is fitting and the viewer understands why it was necessary. There was really no other fitting way for the movie to end.
In certain parts though, disbelief must be suspended. For example, I don't think his phone would've worked under the sand. Also, he probably would've suffocated long before the credits rolled. I don't think he would have had enough Oxygen to survive so long. These nitpicks don't completely take the viewer out of the experience but it does bug them a bit.
Overall, this is a pretty great movie. As long as you can get by the nitpicks then this will be a tense and claustrophobic thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
The film is probably most notable for the ending, which is super effective to be sure, but there's more to it than that. Which is a shame a lot of people I know who talk about this movie only seem to bring up is its climax.
For everyone out there who is trying to make a film on a small budget, my advice would be to watch this and take careful notes in order to extract the most tension and fear from your product as possible.
Plot seems to be very interesting because it is bound inside a coffin.Paul Conroy, who is trapped inside the coffin is trapped inside a coffin and the background of him and few other characters are revealed slowly in nonlinear way by conversation he has over the phone; which I loved the not because the intensity of the situation is kept realistic and built not by having intercuts or change of location. The verbal conversation and expressing intense pain/frustration is good enough to bring that emotion to the audience. The objects Paul has access is pretty good too, feels chaotic but twined well with the character. Beyond technical challenges and plot's monotony, choice of making this film is ballsy!
Ryan gets into the skin of the character, he has brought thrilling experience. Rest of the cast whose voice is only heard is done justice too.
Cinematography is done its job exceptionally well, which boosts intensity and suspense in the film. Sometimes they are not logical but they have got the storyline in the POV of Paul but the framing is not done in this POV.
Music is an integral part too, sometimes I felt it was over used to build intensity, can't judge it; If I were to make a decision, I'd have only realistic sounds (no Score at all).
Film has a lot of intense points which is responsible to hold audience's attention, especially when a snake is found in Paul's trousers. The intensity varies, it suits too. I felt that the core of the plot seems to be pretty loosely supported by reasoning. But justice is made with realistic climax and treatment of the film which is good enough to ignore about the flaws in the plot.
Minimalist yet highly original, intriguing and tension-filled.
Probably the most minimalist movie ever made. The entire movie is filmed inside a wooden box, a wooden box with one occupant (well, one human occupant...). One actor - Ryan Reynolds - has 100% of the screen time, though there are voices of other actors involved.
Incredibly engrossing and tension-filled. Until the very last moment you don't know how things are going to work out. Director Rodrigo Cortes and writer Chris Sparling keep you on tenterhooks throughout, teasing you with thoughts of one survival option being more likely than the other.
Shows you don't need a big budget to make a great movie.