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Buried (2010)

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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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Rodrigo Cortés

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Chris Sparling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Paul Conroy
José Luis García Pérez ... Jabir (voice) (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Robert Paterson Robert Paterson ... Dan Brenner (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Alan Davenport (voice)
Samantha Mathis ... Linda Conroy (voice)
Ivana Miño ... Pamela Lutti (voice)
Warner Loughlin Warner Loughlin ... Maryanne Conroy / Donna Mitchell / Rebecca Browning (voice)
Erik Palladino ... Special Agent Harris (voice)
Kali Rocha ... 911 Operator (voice)
Chris William Martin ... State Department Rep. (voice)
Cade Dundish Cade Dundish ... Shane Conroy (voice)
Mary Birdsong ... 411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
Kirk Baily ... 411 Male Operator (voice)
Anne Lockhart ... CRT Operator (voice)
Robert Clotworthy ... CRT Spokesman (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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Enterrado See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,268, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,658, 7 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,152,480, 4 August 2012
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Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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The phone number of the Chicago F.B.I. field office, mentioned in the movie, is the number of the office in real-life. See more »

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Right after Conroy frees his hands, he removes the white cloth around his neck, but in later shot, it's seen around his neck again. See more »

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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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Taut, suspenseful, and effective.
2 October 2010 | by the_rattlesnake25See all my reviews

It'd be somewhat of a travesty if Ryan Reynolds does not get acknowledged during the awards season for his brilliant and heart-rending portrayal of a father who wakes up and finds that he himself has been buried alive. Going into 'Buried,' the less the audience knows about the plot details of the film, the more it will enhance their enjoyment of the proceeding ninety minutes of cinematic screen time. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a truck driver in Iraq who wakes up to find that he is buried alive. Who, why, where, and when, are all questions that are systematically explained throughout the course of the film. But, while the audience's attention may hinge at times on the development of the narrative, it is the inventiveness of Cortes and the heart-felt performance by Reynolds that keeps the tension and the suspense of the film at a constant high throughout providing one of the best thrillers to see a theatrical release in years.

Cortes takes the minimalist, one-room concept to new heights as he provides only the confines of a basic coffin for the setting of a film. Continually providing diverse camera angles to explore the tiny locational hotspot, while differentiating from close-up to medium shots, allows the audience to be drawn into Conroy's horrifying situation and encounter each obstacle with the character himself. The lighting of the setting is also meticulously used to create mood and experience, Conroy is trapped within six panels of wood, and natural light is nowhere to be seen, so his use of artificial light is key his changing emotions and the narrative itself. And changing emotions is an understatement; Anger, sadness, surprise, fear, contempt, aggression, and submission, all develop and explode from under the surface of Conroy as he attempts to challenge one of man's greatest mysteries; understanding the unknown. Reynolds gives quite possibly the performance of his career as he literally providing one-man-cinematic show, while his passionately explosive show-piece alongside the beautifully simplistic cinematography, editing and lighting create a film that keeps audiences on the edge of their seat for its entire duration.

'Buried' is an ambitious project, pulled off by an enthusiastic director which breathes a little life into the mystery thriller genre in general. Cortes and Reynolds essentially provide a two-man show that would eclipse most big-budget thrillers by simply sticking to an effective script, concept and performance. It does have its technological flaws, but if you can look past those ever-so-slightly unrealistic aspects, then 'Buried' is an incredibly enjoyable suspense-fuelled ride beyond the grave.


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