Saturday, February 5, 2011
Buried - DVD Review
Starring Ryan Reynolds.
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes.
Everyone who's ever wondered if Ryan Reynolds can actually act, I give you Exhibit A. Beyond that, though, Rodrigo Cortes can really direct, making the most of a 90 minute film that all takes place in a coffin.
Reynolds plays Paul, a truck driver in Iraq who awakens buried alive in a box. He has a cellphone and a lighter and a bag, and he has to figure out how to get out. He gets a call from an insurgent, demanding $5 million or he's going to leave him there to die.
Paul calls everyone he can think of to get him out of this mess. Some of it is believable, some of it is not. It's amazing how detached and red-tapey some of the people are that he calls, including a calloused personnel director who may be the most evil human being on the face of the earth. At one point Paul even finds himself accompanied by a rattlesnake that he just didn't notice earlier.
It's one of those simple concepts of which Hitchcock would have been jealous.