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7.01 h 35 min2010X-Ray15
Imagine waking up in the dark and realising that you've been buried alive for reasons unknown to you, with nothing but a lighter, a mobile phone and only 90 minutes of oxygen left. Ryan Reynolds delivers an utterly compelling performance as everyman, Paul Conroy that is filled with fear, frustration, emotion and even a couple of dark laughs along the way.
Rodrigo Cortés
Ryan ReynoldsStephen TobolowskyRobert Paterson
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4.2 out of 5 stars

509 global ratings

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kironReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 July 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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One man encased in a coffin, will he or won't be rescued? Well, since he's NOT a high value target, but just a truck driver who as a American swallowed wholesale the moonshine fed to him, by Bush Jr and his neocon pals, is about to learn a abject lesson - how there are those who benefit from wars, and how others are expendable.

As the guy who buried him says, before you came I had five children, now only one, before you came I had a job, now nothing.
"But I came to rebuild" .
"But you destroyed". Had America not destroyed, no rebuilding would have been necessary.

At least Paul as an American truck driver had a choice in the matter of being in iraq!
Apparently his employer sold him gobbledygook, and he swallowed it. Sure in Iraq there would be risk, but they would be well protected. Perhaps Paul should have listened to his wife!

Like Brutus, his employer discharges the company's responsibility towards him, by solicitously informing him he was sacked that very morning, before the attack, citing due to romantic liaisons with his co-worker which according to the company's rules is a no-no! Meaning, don't bother us!
Of course it also means no financial payout! Nice, cold blooded! Greed prevails! Fat profit margins delivered! There goes Pauls financial security for his wife and son, in the event of anything happening to him in Iraq!

Americans bomb where he is buried.
" Did they know? "
Oops, the explosions have hastened sand pouring into the coffin bringing forward his ........
If Paul is to survive it's now or never!

As for Dan Brenner it was debatable if he was telling the truth. Tut tut! Mark White! Obviously Brenner forgot he had already given him an happy outcome!

As for the ending of the film given what America did to Iraq, it should come as no surprise.
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AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Acting master class
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This has got to be the opitome of low budget! The action (or lack therof) is filmed entirely in a 6 foot 6 inch box -and we all know what that means! Especially when it's buried 6 foot underground! Paul has come prepared though, as you do, with a cigarette lighter, mobile phone, pen and oh one of those tube light thingys you shake up and down.
The coffin, a pretty substandard affair, to my mind (no satin frippery, no cushion - captor must have gone to coffins are us - I personally would ask for a refund especially as it seems to be leaking sand and he's only just been buried in it) and he appears only to have 90 minutes of air time - by coincidence same length as the film! Actually, I googled it and you have more than 5 hours breathable air in a coffin but the director obviously says 90 mins so lets go with that. Seriously though, the real time aspect of the film really does build the tension as the film progresses - and the successive failures in getting help is brilliantly done. Honestly this is one of the finest stand alone performances I have seen and Ryan Reynolds gives a truly oscar winning performance - let's just hope they paid him enough to get the shed load of therapy he's going to need after it.
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AidenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mind provocatively claustrophobic! Very well acted out by Ryan Reynolds.
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Paul Conroy awakes in the dark and realises after some time it appears he's been buried alive for reasons unknown to him, with nothing but a zippo lighter, a mobile phone and around 90 minutes of oxygen.

It is an exceptionally superb sole physical performance by Ryan Reynolds in this utterly compelling life or death situation, in what is undoubtedly a dark, thought-provoking and tense drama.

I expected a much different ending but I won't spoil the plot. Enjoy!
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Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Like a fly in a spiders web
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This 2010 suspense thriller features Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a truck driver who is taken hostage in Iraq and is buried alive in a coffin as his kidnappers demand a ransom. The film opens with Paul already inside the coffin and follows his progress as he awakens and attempts to alert the outside world [and government agencies] to his situation by using various items his kidnappers have left him, such as a mobile phone, but will he be rescued, released or escape in time?
A film set entirely within a coffin, with one central character, may not sound entertaining viewing but given the fact that most people fear being buried alive [vampire mythology etc] it works exceedingly well and Reynolds plays his part magnificently, drawing us into his personal ordeal. Filmed in what seems ‘real time’ we’re immediately sucked into his nightmare as his panic and frustration grow. We see short flashes of imagery as his mind wanders and eavesdrop on conversations carried over the phone between government bureaucrats, would be rescuers and the demanding kidnappers, but we also soon learn –as does Paul, that the world of politics is a murky mire.
The single disc loads to a trailer then goes to main screen offering Play, scene selection, set up [2.0 or 5.1 and English hard of hearing on/off]. An excellent 15 rated thriller worthy of **** but it’s more the novelty appeal that drives this. A short featurette shows how it was all done but only the 2.0 stereo worked on my disc.
Harrhian75Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Harrowing but gripping!
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This was an emotional rollercoaster. It is extremely intense and if you're claustrophobic then you may struggle with it! Harrowing and traumatic with the odd bit of dark humour that only Ryan Reynolds can bring to a film like this. Thoroughly enjoyed it but it is not for the faint hearted!
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CJOVSAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Claustrophobic thriller. It evokes elements of sheer terror of being buried alive, running out of air and suffocated by sand. The plot needs more of a background story or introduction, however, to set the being 'buried alive' into context. The plot follows a truck driver who is taken hostage in Iraq and buried alive in a wooden box deep underground.
Mr. Francis RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Utter Rubbish
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Wish I had read the write up as this must have been the cheapest film to produce ever. Totally waste of time watching it in hope of something happening. No wonder it was £3.01 must be a 1p for DVD and £3 postage and packing
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crisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a totally one man and location show. Ryan Reynolds makes a good performance, but the monologue sometimes is pretty pointless and idiotic, but it's difficult to have a compelling story for the duration of a film with the theme and its approach. There's a CSI Las Vegas double episode (Grave Danger) which has a similar story and does provide a more interesting and appealing result.
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