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Buried (2010)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Rodrigo Cortés

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Plot Summary

Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), truck driver and family man, wakes up buried alive in an old wooden coffin. Not knowing who might have put him there or why, his only chance to escape from this nightmare is a mysterious cell phone. Poor reception, low battery and lack of oxygen are his worst enemies in a race against time: Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 151
  • Fresh: 131
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An experiment in limitation that, at least until the movie's deflating final payoff, manages to tap into our deepest anxieties. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Oct 1, 2010

Fresh: Buried may be claustrophobic in scale, but its impact is immense. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug 22, 2011

Fresh: The tension keeps building, right to the end. Proving yet again that in movies, even though the space may get smaller, the picture doesn't have to. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Oct 8, 2010

Fresh: The suspense is gripping, even when the substance isn't. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Oct 1, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Rodrigo Cortes does a great job directing, and Ryan Reynolds has the greatest performance of his career. Now, don't get me wrong, everybody should know before they spend their money that EVERY single scene of the 90 is in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds. Every one. No flash backs, cuts to the surface, nothing.

Personally, as a fan of cinema, I admire Cortes' audacity to go through with a very un-Hollywood film, but this movie is definitely not for everyone. But if you are tired of the typical, predictable, high-budget, over-produced Hollywood blockbusters and want to see true innovation in script, cinematography, and directing I would recommend Buried.

And I want to reiterate that Reynolds truly comes through and connects with the audience. (btw i saw it in theaters, but if you are going to watch it at home put it on the biggest screen possible and turn off all lights for greatest experience)

Excellent Film, Clever Premise, Superb Performance

"Buried" is perhaps the most frightening film that I have ever seen. It is a smart and well executed work created with a real understanding of fear and human nature. A genuinely unerving film does not require monsters jumping from closests or ghosts emerging from the darkness to create a pervasive sense of fear and dread which this film captures. Arguably there are no "villians" per se, other than an establishment of bureaucracy hindering Paul in his race against time. Rodrigo Cortes provides his audience with a universally nightmarish scenario and artfully presents in in a fashion that captures and sustains a believable sense of claustrophobia and isolation. Ryan Reynolds gives a strong performance in what is essentially a one man show, maintaining intesity for the full 90 minutes. It's a film that keeps you guessing and hoping to the very last minute.

Saw it in theaters...

...and it was definitely intense. I was very impressed, considering that it takes place in a coffin for the entire duration of the film. Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job with the material, portraying an anxious man desperate for answers while maintaining just enough sanity and logic to make this seemingly simple storyline work and keep the viewer wide eyed and wondering what will happen next. As much as I enjoyed Buried, it is not for everyone and it's probably the kind of movie you wouldn't watch repeatedly. But if you like pyscholocial thrillers and appreciate a well made film, then this is worth watching.

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