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How would you escape?
Member Name: vickymarks
Advantages: Short film, very thought-evoking. Brilliant acting!
Disadvantages: It is the type of film that you wouldn't re-view, once you have seen the ending.
This is a Film only review. No spoilers contained!
After reading two separate reviews on this film I became quite intrigued and put this on my little list of films to watch. I couldn't imagine how it would be possible to create a whole film based in just one location, let alone a coffin, and with only one character?
I wanted to see the film for myself. Would I find the film captivating? Would Ryan Reynolds, as the only actor, be a good enough actor to pull off such a film? How did the producers manage to make this low budget film a success? Would I find the film believable?
I was also happy that it was a short film, only 95 minutes long, as sometimes I can be put off watching films that are too long, especially after a long day at work.
A brief summary of the plot-
Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a U.S. citizen who has been working as a truck driver in Iraq. One day he is attacked by Iraqis, who then leave him buried alive in the desert, in a coffin like box. (This information is revealed throughout the film via phone conversations)
Paul only has access to a number of items to help him survive, including a mobile phone, lighter and a pen.
With lack of air and limited resources, Will he be able to escape this living nightmare?
My thoughts on the film-
I had recently gone through a phase of watching lots of Rom-Com's so it was quite refreshing to watch a film from a different genre. I would class this as a thriller/horror film.
I watched this film with my partner. It took us about 10-15 minutes to get into the film, mainly due to the fact that my two year old was still awake, and making noises, so there was lots of pausing and rewinding at the beginning, but he soon had a little nap, and we were able to view the rest of the film uninterrupted.
As the film is based in one setting, with one character, there is a very personal vibe to the film. I felt great empathy for the character and I found myself willing him to escape, but how could he? Would it be possible?
There were highs and lows throughout the film. Moments where you feel there is hope that 'Paul' will escape, followed by crushing blows and the realisation that maybe he wouldn't escape.
It was so sad near the end of the film when 'Paul' went through a stage where he thought he was going to die. He used his phone to make a 'goodbye' video message for his wife and young son. Can you imagine how hard it would be to make a leaving message to your loved ones? At this point I literally had tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat!
During the ending of the film my partner and I were literally sitting on the edge of the sofa! We were so engrossed in the film, it almost felt like we were viewing the fate of a friend or loved one.
I had actually made a little joke about the ending early on in the film, and I was very shocked to find that was how the film actually ended.
Some people may find the ending a little disappointing, but for me it was very thought-evoking. I feel a great film, is one that can leave an impact on you after you have watched it, whether that be a happy, warm feeling inside, or a sad reflective feeling.
Rom-com's leave me with a very happy and optimistic vibe. 'Buried' is a film that left me feeling both reflective and shell shocked.
Other people have commented on Ryan Reynolds brilliant acting, keeping you gripped though out. Whilst watching the film I found myself emphasising for his character 'Paul'. Imagining how I would feel if I were in that situation. Scared, trapped, alone and quite powerless whilst still being determined to try and escape. He is certainly a great actor, and was perfect for the role of 'Paul'.
This certainly isn't a film that you can watch casually as you plod around the living room tiding up. The film requires your full focus and attention throughout; every phone conversation reveals information that you need to hear, in order for you to understand 'Pauls' situation.
The film will not appeal to everyone. Those that love action films may not like the film, due to the very limited amount of movement/action involved in the film.
I was concerned that I may find the film a little tedious, as there are no scene changes, however I found myself fully engaged throughout the film.
However, as much as I loved watching this film, it is the kind of film that you would only watch once. I have seen the film, enjoyed watching it, but now I know the ending, I wouldn't really feel any need to watch the film again.
That being said, the film was defiantly a worthwhile watch. It certainly lived up to my expectations, and I have full admiration for everyone involved in making the film. I love the fact that I was able to feel such empathy for 'Paul'. The producers have managed to make a low-budget film into a huge success.
Since watching this film I have recommended it to my brother (who also enjoyed the film) and some friends. I would also recommend this to you!
Summary: A well scripted film. Good viewing. Would Recommend to you !