Director Rodrigo Cortes and actor Ryan Reynolds team up to lock us in a box with Reynolds’ kidnapped contractor in Iraq as he attempts to figure a way out before he uses up all of his available oxygen. It's difficult to figure out the bigger risk here. Is it stepping into a Middle Eastern war zone knowing full well the extent of anti-American sentiments in the region (despite the promise of compensation at a time when employment is hard to come by), or is it nearly impossible to imagine spending 90 minutes in such cramped quarters with a single actor, even one as engaging as Reynolds?
The film brings to mind elements of Danny Boyle’s upcoming 127 Hours, a true story based on the experiences of a climber who gets his arm caught between a boulder and a canyon wall for five days before figuring a way out of his situation.
Ultimately, though, Buried is not about the man in the coffin at all; it speaks to the disconnected boxes and breakdowns in communication that exist in the world that leave us all stranded when we desperately need to reach someone, anyone. Grade: B-plus
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