A movie you may have missed that’s worth checking out
Rating: Didn’t Suck
Why am I making a big deal out of a movie that only gets a “Didn’t Suck” rating? Well, my movie reviews are based on what likeliness you’d want to spend money to see a movie. In truth, this is a movie that people who LOVE movies will love, while people who are more casually into movies will probably just think was okay, possibly even think it kinda sucked.
I’m bringing the movie to your attention because if you’re into movies as much as I am, you HAVE to see “Buried (2010)”. I was so blown away by it. It’s a movie starring Ryan Reynolds (The Nines, Blade Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Definitely Maybe) and a coffin… and that’s it.
Wait! Before you stop right there and move on, lol, give it a chance. Seriously, it’s shocking just how riveting this movie was. It does a great job at isolating you, making you feel claustrophobic and using very basic methods to completely connect with your basic instincts and could potentially elicit physical responses as you’re watching. Honestly, it’s done so well, Reynolds does so well, that if you suffer from severe anxiety, I wouldn’t even recommend you watch it because you probably will have a panic attack watching this movie, it’s that good at eliciting emotion.
I have to applaud Ryan Reynolds, an actor that seems to completely miss the reality of his own astounding ability as an actor. He’s in a lot of silly, not so great movies, but he’s always great. While “ Amityville Horror” wasn’t a very good movie, HE was amazing in it. Then you swing over to a movie like “definitely, maybe” and he’s literally a completely different person. There’s plenty of Robert Deniro fans, and I love a lot of his movies, but he’s the same guy every movie, Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, hey, I love em and most of their movies I love and have given great reviews and even complimented them on their acting, but Ryan Reynolds is in a different league with his talent. He’s up there with Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio (before you get all pissed off, Dicaprio has played very diverse rolls, I know, he’s a tool, whatever, he’s a good actor, even I have to accept that, lol) as well as others.
This movie is no exception, it’s proof at his ability as an actor because he’s THAT interesting to watch, that relatable and believable that him in front of a camera is enough. Do you really think you could sit throught an hour and forty minutes of the “you lookin’ at me?” face? No, not at all. Few could pull this movie off. I wouldn’t even be shocked if they Ryan Reynolds in mind for the movie from the get-go. Rodrigo Cortes, I’m not going to say he’s the next new wonder of a director, but if he can put this much thought and intelligence and creativity into every piece of work he does, than I think he’s pretty much got his future in Hollywood locked in.
What you’ll love:
-Creative directing; you’d be surprised all the little things Cortes does to keep you interested just by changing the light source inside the coffin and using unique camera angles etc. You’ll be impressed, and honestly I was a little jealous, lol, because some of the tricks were things I hadn’t thought of when I first looked at the commercial for this movie. And usually I guess what’s going to happen in a movie right away, Hell I guessed the ending to the movie “The Orphan” just by watching the commercial for it. Months before it came out I knew what was going to happen and sadly ruined it for my friend prior to even reaching the theater. This movie, other than the very, very ending of it, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and even the ending, it only became clear like ten or twenty minutes into it.
-Wonderful acting; I already kinda went off on this, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to just keep watching
-Surprising script; how much could you possibly do in a coffin? Well, a lot actually, there were some good twists and turns, things I hadn’t even imagined were going to happen
-The ending; ya know, I saw it coming, but honestly-it didn’t matter, it stays with you after the movie’s long been over
-It’s better than Paranormal Activity, lol, how do they correlate? I don’t know, lol, they’re both low budget, simple movies using cleverness in place of cash flow. If you’re into that genre, this movie will probably be at the top of your favorites list
What you won’t like:
-Some people will dislike the movie, it’s just a coffin and a guy, it sounds like a bad piece of performance art on the sidewalk of some busy city street that people try to politely ignore
-A lack of visuals, again, guy and a coffin
-Some people don’t like it when a movie doesn’t follow a predictable formula, GI JOE did great, this movie kinda bombed, case in point. Which… you wouldn’t think since how much could it possibly cost to make??? About 3 million if you must know, though you’d figure most of that is just to pay Reynolds to be in it and pay to advertise it on TV along with paying all the workers etc. Strangely, I’ve seen more complex movies with smaller budgets… anyway. Reynolds and advertising were the smarter places to put their money, I think word of mouth will save this movie in the long run.
Surprisingly, I think I’m going to buy it on DVD. I don’t know if I’ll sit there and watch it a bunch of times myself, but it’s good enough that when I have company over and we’re looking for a movie I’ll ask “Have you seen “buried” with Ryan Reynolds?” and if they say no- we’ll watch it. If they say yes, then we’ll get to talk about it.
Again, the movie stuck with me after the fact. I checked what a TON of other people thought, good and bad, and it’s basically split up with one side loving it for the reasons I listed in the “what you’ll love” section, with other people hating it because of what I listed in the “what you may not like” section. I’m a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t see it sooner. Special thanks to loyal reader and friend Jason for pointing it out to me.
So, if anything, rent it or watch it on Netflix/Redbox etc. and let me know what you thought, me… I’m gonna see if I can find a copy and buy it, I’ll pay like 15 bucks for it. For movie lovers, it would have been worth seeing in theaters if you didn’t get around to it. If it’s somehow still in a discount theater or whatever, definitely give it a go.
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