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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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The wick on the lighter protrudes above the wind guard for most of the film and in fact is above it just before the cut to the scene where the flame goes out. Seconds later in the scene where the flame will eventually dwindle, the wick is not visible. See more »
When I tell people the plot of this movie, they go "Oh, I wouldn't watch that." There's a lot of claustrophobic people. Which pretty much killed this film's box office takings.
But I liked the fact that it's focused on one man throughout the whole film. It's like watching a one man show on stage.
I'm not the world's greatest Ryan Reynolds' fan. He's always the same character in every role he plays, but he goes against type in this film. I love it when actors and actresses go against type.
He does a great job of carrying this movie on his own. And that's hard to do.
I read a lot of negative reviews on this site saying the lighter uses up all his oxygen, the people he calls are pricks (they don't make an effort to help him and Stephen Tobolowsky plays his typical nonchalant guy who can't give a care in the world), the only guy who is trying to get him out is Dan Brynner. I agree with the negative reviews on those opinions.
Also, his mobile phone has good reception six feet under? Paul's able to write upside down? The whole Iraqi terrorist thing is clichéd. We've seen it before.
Yeah, the scene with the snake (done with really bad CGI) is pointless. It comes out of his jeans. (here's a lyric from Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life: "Hooray for you one eye trouser snake") Also, we see the snake come out of a hole at the side of the coffin. Couldn't Paul try to kick the hole to make it bigger and try to get out from the side of the coffin?
But I liked the way the film was made. Trying to film an entire movie inside a coffin is unfilmable and that's a risk the director wanted to take. Some people love a challenge.
I liked the way it was shot and the music was intense too.
I also loved the colours the filmmakers used: Green from the glow stick, blue from the mobile phone, red from the torch, yellow from the lighter.
The ending I thought was really effective, but then it's ruined by a cheery uppy song in the credits. Yeah, a song like that is not right to go with an intense finale.
If you want to see a movie that is focused on only one actor and only has one setting, check it out.
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