Buried (2010)


Do you like insanely high concept movies? Well, I hope you’re not afraid of small spaces, because Buried tells the tale of a man who is… wait for it, buried alive!! Oh, no he didn’t! Snap!

I am so cool. I know just how the kids are talking these days. Or should I say ‘rapping’ these days?

Anyways, Paul Conroy is a U.S contractor working in Iraq, who wakes up to find himself in a coffin with nothing but a lighter and a cell phone. He must work to escape his vampire-esque prison before he DIES. (I hope he does die, and then in the sequel, he’s a vampire. It would be the greatest call ever)


The Scoop

This looks like the big shot for Spanish filmmaker Rodrigo Cortés. He’s had other films, but I think this’ll be his first English language film, which could be good. If he puts his all into Buried, and has the kind of hunger necessary to make it a success, then wonderful. It just feels a little weak as far as plot. Too much concept. Too little substance. I just wish I could have been Reynolds. I’d show up every day and ask for my motivation for the scene. Cortés would have to say, everyday, “Well, you’re trapped in a box. But it’s not a gay metaphor.”

Or is it?

Who’s It For?


Movie Release Date

September 24, 2010.

Who’s In It?

Ryan Reynolds … Paul Conroy
Robert Paterson … Dan Brenner
José Luis García Pérez … Jabir
Stephen Tobolowsky … Alan Davenport
Samantha Mathis … Linda Conroy
Warner Loughlin … Donna Mitchell/Maryanne Conroy
Ivana Miño … Pamela Lutti
Erik Palladino … Special agent Harris
How the heck is the cast this extensive for a movie set in a coffin?

Interesting Fact

I thought Colin Farrell already made this movie. Then I realized that was Phone Booth. Then I thought, “Isn’t Ryan Reynolds married to Scarlett Johannsen?” Then I thought, “Why is math so hard?” Then I thought, “I wonder if all that Meth has had a negative affect on me?” Then I sat for twenty minutes without thinking at all. Then I farted. It reminded me of Buried. So here I am. True story.

Related Movies

Phone Booth, Cellular, Speed, other insane high concept films.

What’s Good About It?

Check out the poster! That has to be the coolest poster I’ve seen in a while.

What’s Bad About It?

The poster will probably be the best part of the film. Anytime a story is confined (get it?) to a single location with no deviation, the writers have to stretch to make a whole film out of it. The concept would probably work better as an episode of a TV show.

Our Clever Prediction

It’ll probably do decent business at the box office. It reportedly cost only about $3 million to make, and I can see a lot of people wanting to see it just to see the spectacle. I’m guessing the reviews won’t be terribly kind, and word of mouth will only generate a small amount of business based on the “WTF” nature of the story.

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  1. This was seriously one of the most depressing movies of all time. I mean, yeah, it was good, but it could’ve been better. My favorite character was the snake. It had a bunch of charisma. That is all.

  2. This honestly was the most disturbing, horrible movie that I’ve ever seen. The ending seriously made me want to puke. I don’t recomend this movie to ANYBODY.

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