February62012

Buried (2010) - 80%

Claustrophic thriller starring Ryan Renolds as Paul Conroy, a truck driver kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive with only a mobile phone, a lighter and a pencil with which to survive. Utterly gripping and moving in equal measures, a lot has been made of director Rodrigo Cortés’ achievement of filling 90 minutes with just one man in a box. And boy does he achieve it; even without the use of flashbacks or a single exterior shot. Credit also goes to Ryan Renolds, who had threatened to be this decade’s Ben Affleck, but here puts in a storming performance to elicit genuine emotional response.

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