Buried | EW.com

Movies

Buried

BuriedIn Buried, Ryan Reynolds plays a guy named Paul, entombed alive underground inside a wooden box and trying for 90 minutes to get out. The...BuriedMystery and ThrillerPT94MRIn Buried, Ryan Reynolds plays a guy named Paul, entombed alive underground inside a wooden box and trying for 90 minutes to get out. The...2010-09-25Stephen TobolowskyLions Gate Films
Ryan Reynolds, Buried | CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Ryan Reynolds hopefully has good service in Buried

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Ryan Reynolds hopefully has good service in Buried

B-

Buried

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Tobolowsky; Release Date Wide: 09/24/2010; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

In Buried, Ryan Reynolds plays a guy named Paul, entombed alive underground inside a wooden box and trying for 90 minutes to get out. The good news: Paul’s got a usable cell phone (who’s his carrier?!), a lighter, a small flask of water, and a couple of glow sticks. The bad: He’s a contract truck driver working in Iraq, he’s been ambushed and kidnapped, and, well, he’s in a coffin. No one can hear him scream. Besides, screaming uses up oxygen. Are you feeling claustrophobic yet?

Trust me, you will. Rodrigo Cortés, the Spanish filmmaker behind this diabolical, Hitchcock-influenced narrative stunt, makes merry mischief with camera angles and lighting; the viewer feels suffocated along with Reynolds, whose sweat, grime, and stubble, seen in tight close-up, are in dramatic contrast to his gleaming white American-style teeth. Yes, I know, Reynolds is Canadian. But the movie places unsophisticated emphasis on Paul’s symbolic position as an apolitical, wage-earning American pawn of U.S. capitalists profiting from a rotten war. And the political angle is gratuitous, even foolish, and certainly a distraction from the movie’s visual strengths. Also, Paul’s phone skills suck — he’s a yeller. The hollering doesn’t help his predicament, but it does add an annoying aural dimension to the experience of suffocation. B-

See all of this week's reviews

More from Our Partners