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)
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?
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.
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.