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Buried (2010) Review

Drama Thriller


Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Cast: Ryan Reynolds

Runtime: 1h 35 mins

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.

Truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) has been taking by a group of Iraqis, they have trapped him in a coffin, in hopes of getting paid big cash. With only a lighter and a phone to aid him, Paul needs to try and find a way to get help. Fortunately the phone has some battery life and service available, Paul calls many different people on his phone, in hopes of escaping this nightmare situation.

At first the premise of the film may not sound appealing, but what director Rodrigo Cortés does with this claustrophobic thriller is quite marvellous. For a thriller just focusing on one guy in a coffin on a phone the whole time, Buried is good as it never runs out of ways to keep the audience interested. It continuously throws unexpected and tense moments which makes Pauls situation worse however keeps the viewer engaged. A film like this is difficult to nail without boring the audience, but the director manages to keep it interesting, gripping and thrilling throughout.

I enjoyed Buried, the film does a great job of setting the dark, intense, terrifying and nervous atmosphere. This is also aided by Ryan Reynolds solid performance who was fantastic at showing his emotions in this film. You could really hear the anxiety, shock and fear in his voice as he begged for helped on the phone. This whole film is like a ticking time bomb, watching it I felt so tense and nervous for Paul, these feelings intensified each time he lost a bar of battery on his phone.

If you are looking for a thriller to watch I recommend Buried a decent film which wraps up with an impactful ending.

Similar movies: Locke, Brake, Phone Booth


  • Thrilling
  • Does a lot with its basic premise
  • Ryan Reynolds delivers a strong performance


Overall a gripping film which never runs out of ways to be thrilling, this film is elevated by its chilling atmosphere, effective ending and Reynolds performance.


1 Comment

  1. I don’t know if I can bear it!


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