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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)
Cadeian Dundish ...
Shane Conroy (voice) (as Cade Dundish)
411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
411 Male Operator (voice)
CRT Operator (voice)
CRT Spokesman (voice)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


170,000 SQ miles of desert. 90 minutes of Oxygen. No way out. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Enterrado  »

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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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The phone number of the Chicago FBI field office mentioned in the movie is the number of the office in real life.. See more »


As Paul takes a drink after his pills, he lifts the flask to his mouth with his left hand, in the next shot he is shown drinking from his right hand, then in the following shot he sets the flask down again with his left hand. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Conroy: [screaming] Hey!
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In the Lap of the Mountain
Written by Rodrigo Cortés and Víctor Reyes
Performed by Garrett Wall & The Breath-No-Breathers
Guitars and Banjo: Diego García
Drums: David Hyman
Bass: Francisco López
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Spanish film by Rodrigo Cortes , starred by an American star and with international success
3 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Original and ingeniously basic premise full of suspense and intrigue in spite of developing only one scenario. Paul (Ryan Reynolds) is an U.S. truck driver working in Iraq . After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes up to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. He encounters within the coffin a working phone, which allows him contact with the outside world. With only a lighter and a cellphone it's a race against time to getaway this claustrophobic death trap . Paul must rely on his owns resources to survive , taking on serpent and burying .

This freaky and clever film chronicles fear ,desperation, paranoia of a kidnapped trucker in Iraq who faces off a completely Kafkaesque situation . This is a thrilling film in which the abducted starring quest to find answers and solutions to why he's imprisoned and getting freedom . The buried trucker very well performed by Ryan Reynolds works utilizing his skills and talents to survive the deadly trap which guard the coffin with serpent and falling down included , as using his intelligence he attempts to avoid get smashed because the coffin is caving itself in .

The picture succeeds because the thriller, tension , as well as a superbly written script delving into the human psyche in such extreme situation and our instinctive urges for survival . Despite low budget the picture manages to be intelligent, intriguing and thrilling. The good thing about this film is that the director made it on a shoestring budget only having to do one set , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . The trucker contacts by means of cellular phone with the outside world asking for help various characters , they are played -voices-by prestigious American secondaries as Stephen Tobolowski , Kali Rocha and Erik Palladino ; furthermore Samantha Mathis who plays another hostage .The interesting plot bears special resemblance to 'The cube' and ¨Fermat's room¨ but also there's a dangerously premise with strangers closed attempting to find an exit to exasperating situations. Good musical score fitting to tension by Victor Reyes who is also film producer . Fine cinematography , and naturally , plenty of dark and shades by Eduard Grau . The motion picture is originally directed by Rodrigo Cortes . Rating : Good , better than average .

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