Excerpt: Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival.
Conclusion: Few thrillers are able to think outside the box anymore, but 'Buried' actually manages to do so entirely from within one. The film is masterfully directed, perfectly paced, and Ryan Reynolds delivers a tour de force performance.
Summary: Gambles are called gambles for a very good reason. You can take a great risk and do everything just right. That doesn’t mean that the success will automatically follow. The movie only found a very limited release and with that the limited box office receipts.
Excerpt: It takes a snake to kill the tension in Buried . Weird, considering the other gaping plot holes to consider, but this is Hollywood. Paul (Ryan Reynolds) is buried alive somewhere in Iraq, his location unclear and people he’s called over the cell phone inside his casket no help.
Excerpt: The Film If you're one of those people that thinks Ryan Reynolds couldn't act his way out of a paper bag, you might want to check out Buried . In this 95-minute film, there's no bag. Instead, Reynolds is trying to work his way out of a box -- a coffin, to be exact.
Conclusion: Buried is not an easy film to stomach, and in fact many viewers may be gasping for air along with Reynolds' character Conroy. One of the most brilliantly staged films in recent memory, Buried manages to allude to America's current global situation while depicting a horrifyingly personal story.
Excerpt: Like most excellent films, Buried is about a man having the worst day of his life. Paul Conroy wakes up in a coffin in the middle of the desert in Iraq. Paul is an American contractor who earns his living driving trucks to deliver supplies and help rebuild Iraq, but his convoy was ambushed, almost...
Excerpt: How good is Buried ? So good that you may not even notice how great Ryan Reynolds is. Normally any halfway capable movie which takes the Cast Away route of putting one performer all alone on screen results in instant Oscar talk for whoever that actor is.
Excerpt: One man, one coffin, 90 minutes. That’s the premise of the purposefully constrained suspense film Buried , an exercise in cinematic minimalism that doubles as a metaphor for how grunts get manipulated and sacrificed in times of war.