FrightFest 2010 Buried Movie Review

FrightFest 2010 Buried Movie Review

The ending of the 1988 film “The Vanishing” ends with arguably the scariest ending in cinema ever: a man is buried alive in a coffin and slowly proceeds to weep as he realises his inescapable predicament and as the camera dissolves to black.

As endings go, it’s a shocker. As a beginning to a film however, it’s positively gripping and is just what Ryan Reynolds awakes to at the start of Buried.

The plot is straightforward: Reynolds awakes in a pine coffin buried under several feet of earth and has to find a way out.

Watching Buried in the cinema, you can slowly feel the collar on your shirt getting tighter as you root for Ryan to find a way out of his trap. It’s claustrophobic, it’s sweaty, it’s set in real time and it’s gripping.

Director Rodrigo Cortés does an amazing job of maintaining a closed space while always varying how Reynolds is presented inside the coffin. Despite being set in a coffin, there is never a dull moment, and the plot unfolds while keeping you guessing all the time.

Buried is a superb film and one that proves you don’t need special effects or a large ensemble cast to engage the audience.  A great idea and a talented actor and BANG you’re ahead of the pack.

You will have a great time with Buried. Go seek it out.

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