Friday, October 1, 2010
Waking groggy in pitch darkness, Paul Conroy, an American truck driver working as a contractor in Iraq in 2006, slowly realizes he is trapped inside a wooden coffin, buried alive.
When I was buying my ticket, I was asked by the employee why I was going to see this movie. He said "why would you want to see a movie where there is only one actor in the entire movie and he is in a coffin the entire time. Other people have been leaving very angry that this is the entire movie."
That is what this movie is, so do not go to this movie expecting to see an action packed thriller. Prepare to be in a suffocating, dark hole with Ryan Reynolds for 95 minutes.
Ryan Reynolds has come a long way since Van Wilder. I thought he did a very good job in this role, having no one to feed off of and only a tiny space to act in, he really played a convincing role. He takes us on a emotional roller coaster that really makes this film enjoyable.
The film is very frustrating to watch but in a good way. Every step that Reynolds character has to go through seems to be hindered by someone who seems to ask to many stupid questions or has other priorities above him. That's what really made the script good, you know he doesn't have much time to live and with limited cell phone battery every second is important. Yet everyone he talks to seems to take forever to help him out.
What hurts the movie is that the movie is what it is. A man stuck in a coffin. He can say the same thing on the phone over and over trying to get out, but he is still stuck in the coffin, there are no other story plots developing. They also don't answer some questions that they bring up, like what is his relationship with his co-worker?
In the end of it all it was good for what it was, a 95 minute movie about a man in a coffin buried someone in the middle east. Don't expect anything more than that.
When to Watch Rating: Indie Film Mood
Wide Release in Theaters October 8th