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Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis García Pérez ...
Jabir (voice) (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Robert Paterson ...
Dan Brenner (voice)
Alan Davenport (voice)
Linda Conroy (voice)
Ivana Miño ...
Pamela Lutti
Warner Loughlin ...
Maryanne Conroy / Donna Mitchell / Rebecca Browning (voice)
Special Agent Harris (voice)
911 Operator (voice)
State Department Rep. (voice)
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Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,268 (USA) (24 September 2010)


$1,028,658 (USA) (5 November 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Samantha Mathis, who plays Paul Conroy's wife, previously starred in a film where she is buried alive, called 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990). See more »


When Conroy writes down White's name he picks up the pen and writes with his left hand but when the camera shows him writing the name it is being written with the right hand. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Conroy: [screaming] Hey!
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claustrophobic and thought provoking
1 October 2010 | by (eastleigh, england) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting this film to be set entirely within a coffin and nor was I expecting Ryan Reynolds to be much good. As it turned out I was wrong on both counts! Brief summary:Ryan is a contract driver in Iraq whose vehicle is attacked by Iraqis. He wakes up in a coffin buried underground with a few "helpful" tools...and so ensues a claustrophobic, frustrating and scary journey for both the character and the audience! I found Ryan's performance quite compelling and was almost living the experience with him, I even found myself holding my breath at times and feeling quite panicky! The fact that you can't see what is going on above ground adds to the tension and you are never quite sure what to believe.

I also found this a thought provoking film on another level. It's very easy to immediately dismiss the hostage takers as "the baddies" but I think this is a very shallow and naive view of human nature. It made me think, that transcending race, religion and nationality, what would any human be capable of doing in the their situation. These are sometimes hard working law abiding people who have seen their country torn apart by war, who have seen their children dying and who no longer have any other way of making money, and who see the Americans as to blame for this....not that I want to sound like I was on their side at all or that I condone it in any way, which I don't, but I found this film a very interesting study into human survival instinct and desperation.

A very good film, probably the best thing out at the moment, along with The Town, and definitely worth the ticket price.

And to the reviewer that felt this was a 95 minute terrorist propaganda movie, shame on you! You clearly misunderstood the entire film!

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