Buried: Experiment in Terror in Confined Space

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In the upcoming bite-nailing thriller "Buried," directed by Rodrigo Cortes, the handsome up-and-coming star Ryan Reynolds ("The Green Lantern") plays Paul Conroy, a truck driver in Iraq who is simply not ready to die, though he can barely move within a coffin. 

But is it a matter of choice?

When Conroy wakes up six feet underground, trapped in a coffin his size, he has no idea of who put him there or why, life for the  familyman instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. 

Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited.  Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time, fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true. 

The film, which was shot in Spain for less than $2 million in only 17 days, could become one of the fall season's sleepers–and most profitable flicks. What with its intriguing narrative premise, a single man confined to a limited space, and a story whose real-time duration parallels the running time of the film, about 90 minutes.

I have just finished reading the crip which is understandly slender (only 75 pages), as most of the tense situations have no dialogue and only natural sounds.

Will Reynolds, 33, who had a smash hit last season with the romantic comedy "The Proposal" (starring Sandra Bullock), be able to put "Buried" over.

Initial screenings at the 2010 Sundance Film Fest were greeted with enthusiastic response, and the movie enjoys a strong buzz.


A Versus Entertainment production in association with The Safran Company and Dark Trick Films, "Buried" is directed by the Spaniard helmer Rodrigo Cortés.