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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Movie Review - Buried

Movie Title
Buried
Year
2010
Genre
Drama, Suspense

Story
"Paul Conroy is not ready to die."
But when he wakes up literally inside a coffin 6 feet underground (beneath the scorching deserts of IRAQ), with no idea who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Acting
Ryan Reynolds was superb in his performance here. He plays his role really well, to the point where you feel as desperate as he does for him to escape from the coffin. Having said that, his acting is the ONLY thing worth commending and watching the movie for. But due to everything else that went wrong for me, I would say it wasn't enough to save the movie from being an utter waste of time. Watch Ryan Reynolds stuck in a
coffin for 2 hours? No thank you.

Overall
This review is to save you all from the same misery I went through, yes I was bored and nearly fell asleep. The ending just makes you wish you didn't watch it after all. I shall not spoil it, watch it if you really are curious, or if you like Ryan Reynolds. There is no other reason to watch the show despite the positive reviews it garnered (most are only due to Ryan's acting). Perhaps the plot was well structured to some extent, and you
do feel sad for Ryan's character. Oh and I forgot to mention the claustrophobic feeling you get just watching the movie. It's really dark in there. And I bet the budget for the movie won't even exceed 10 thousand, it is really cheap. I have to emphasize on the dissatisfaction I got right after watching the movie. And wish I never did. This is one movie I won't forget, and it's not for good reasons.

Rating 5/10: (Ryan Reynold's is the only reason I can give it this much)
Guest Reviewer: Serene Chua

1 comment:

JM Loke said...

Actually, I quite like this movie because there are some movie makers who complain about the lack of budget and therefore not be able to make good movies but here is an example where all they had was an enclosed space within a coffin!

Yet, this movie manages to keep audiences glued to the screen for the entire duration of the movie (given this sort of movie is NOT for everyone). That's really some movie making skill combined with great story-telling!

Good stuff! Watch it, if only once!