18 April 2020
Buried (2010)
Buried (2010)
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2.5 out of 5 stars(Sadly) Not good enough.


We really wanted to like this film. The premise seemed incredibly interesting. The challenges of such a situation were a display of ambition and this is the kind of cinema we usually like. But, other than an interesting Hitchcock-esque tone, there is really too little. And the script? Is it really a strong point of the film? Again, we do understand the challenges, unfortunately we didn’t like the ways found to overcome these challenges.


  • Challenging Filmmaking.
  • Political and social critique.
  • Ending.
  • A grade of claustrophobia – especially in the ending when there’s finally a glimpse of hope.


  • A cellphone? Ok. A reception – six feet under? Very weird. An hour and a half on the phone with the battery still alive? It definitely wasn’t a smartphone.
  • 2 medium shots? from where?
  • An unfortunately poor script in places: for instance, the way he figures out the language thing on the phone?
  • Too good of a premise makes a higher fall.

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Buried - Sepolto (2010) Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 95min | 15 October 2010 (Italy) 7.0
Director: Rodrigo CortésWriter: Chris SparlingStars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert PatersonSummary: Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive. With his cigarette lighter, he can see the trap he is in, and he quickly realizes that there's not enough air for him to live long. He finds within the coffin a working cellphone, which allows him contact with the outside world. But the outside world proves not to be very helpful at finding a man buried in a box in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Paul must rely on his best resource--himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>


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