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Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: Atmospheric, tense, poignant film. Excellently done.
Disadvantages: None although it maybe an 'acquired taste'.
Release date: 2010, Run time: 95 minutes, Genre: Psychological Thriller.
Film only review as watched via netflix.
Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American man working as truck driver in Iraq. His truck is attacked and Paul loses consciousness. He awakes inside a small wooden coffin buried under ground. He has with him a pen, cell phone and a lighter. How did he get here? Why is he here? And will he ever get out?
A concise plot synopsis because that is essentially what the film is about. It is ninety five minutes of being confined to a wooden with Ryan Reynolds. There are many who loath Ryan Reynolds but I am not one of them- I like him because he is pretty and he does comic book movies, shallow reasoning but true and on that premise I didn't expect him to be able to pull off an intense movie like this but I think he did and I think he did it well. The audience are with the character of Paul Conroy for the whole run time and so I think for an actor to keep the audience not just awake but gripped is a talent so credit where it's due.
Another factor in this film's ability to keep you engaged is the excellent camera work (Eduard Grau), script (Chris Sparling) and directing (Rodrigo Cortez). Rodrigo, Cortez and crew have used the common fear of being buried alive and mixed it with political messages, comments on war and the question of how much is one's life really worth? There is an awful lot of 'red-tape' involved in being buried alive and we share Paul's frustration as he hits each brick wall in his attempts to be rescued. As I watched this there was a lot of gasping for air and sharp intakes of breath as certain events unfolded. I got angry and I got upset. If you are the analytical type (as I am) it is a film what makes you question society and the world we live in- cleverly done as throughout the film we never see the outside world.
I really enjoyed this film my only problem with it is that the speech isn't overly clear, you really have to strain to listen to the telephone calls. Another point of contention for me is that I hate television that happens in real time. I get so frustrated but this is less of a problem in films such as this and once I got involved in the storyline the frustration added to the effect. It takes a while to get into the film but persevere as it is more than worth it.
It is difficult to review this film without giving too much away. It is the sort of film where you are better to know nothing and watch as events unfold. The film heavily relies on it's ability to shock the audience and it is hard to anticipate what is going to happen so I will leave you to discover this yourselves. What I will say is that I was stunned, shocked and moved to tears throughout this film and if you like 'thinkers' I would completely recommend this film to you. It isn't a jam packed-everything exploding-car chase type of action thriller but it is very powerful and portrays it's intended messages very well. I really enjoyed it and I was speechless and holding my breath by the end.
Summary: When they say 'thriller'...they mean thriller! It is gripping!