September 29th, 2010

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Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.1/10 (57,190 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Rodrigo Cortés

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson

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.

Ryan Reynolds - Paul Conroy
José Luis García Pérez - Jabir (voice) (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Robert Paterson - Dan Brenner (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky - Alan Davenport (voice)
Samantha Mathis - Linda Conroy (voice)
Ivana Miño - Pamela Lutti
Warner Loughlin - Maryanne Conroy / Donna Mitchell / Rebecca Browning (voice)
Erik Palladino - Special Agent Harris (voice)
Kali Rocha - 911 Operator (voice)
Chris William Martin - State Department Rep. (voice)
Cade Dundish - Shane Conroy (voice)
Mary Birdsong - 411 Female Operator (voice) (as Mary Songbird)
Kirk Baily - 411 Male Operator (voice)
Anne Lockhart - CRT Operator (voice)
Robert Clotworthy - CRT Spokesman (voice)

Taglines: Time is running out for Paul Conroy.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Spain] |

Release Date: 29 September 2010

Filming Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $100,268 (USA) (26 September 2010) (11 Screens)

Gross: $1,028,658 (USA) (7 November 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Ryan Reynolds is the only person we see in the flesh. All of the other performances are either voiceovers or recorded on his cell phone. The whole film is shot from the interior of the coffin. We never see the outside world. The film never repeats a single shot. These all make Buried one of the most minimalist films ever made.

Continuity: 4 minutes before the phone gets changed from Arabic to English the battery status drops to two charge bars. Yet during the change it registers 3 charge bars. The next scene shows 2 charge bars again.

Paul Conroy: Yea, you're a terrorist you son of a bitch
Jabir: You terrified, so I'm terrorist.

User Review

An endless thrill ride, with one main actor.

Rating: 10/10

I caught this gem at Sundance earlier in the year. It was part of the 'Park City at midnight' group of films, which showcased horror and thriller movies, and played them at, can you guess? Midnight. I saw Buried on the last night of the festival, Ryan Reynolds wasn't there, but both the director and writer were. It was a small theater on Main street, very artsy in it's look. But once the film started I had eyes only for the screen.

It starts off with Ryan waking up, trapped in a box. A long box, the length of a human body, buried deep beneath the ground. From there the film plays out in an awe inspiring way, especially seeing as there's only so much you can reveal from one location. The way Rodrigo Cortes handled the filming is truly exceptional. From the start the camera switches between closely claustrophobic, and flying high above Ryan, showing the box with him inside and black all around. It's constantly on the move just like our main character's thoughts. Diving in when the action is intense, and then cutting to black when you don't think you can take any more.

The pacing and plot of the film were nothing short of genius. And Chris Sparling, the writer, should be commended for his work. He said after the showing, that after having his scripts rejected for their cost of locations he decided to go for a cheep but genius idea. One location, one star, and a wealth of idea's. It makes a film like 'Salt' look like a giant waste of resources, when Buried does what even some of the best thrillers can't do, it brings us inside the character's head, and does it all without a romp through the city, or blowing things up.

If you're one of those people who loves to sit on the edge of your seat, chewing at your fingernails, while you're constantly asking yourself what's going to happen next. Then by all means watch Buried, and consider yourself lucky that you're not in his shoes...

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