Lionsgate | Release Date: September 24, 2010
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acescarterApr 5, 2011
Anyone who denies the greatness of this film simply couldn't stomach it. Even though-evidently-some find it difficult to watch, I found it not as bad as the whiners claim it is. You'd typically expect an entire film set on once scene to getAnyone who denies the greatness of this film simply couldn't stomach it. Even though-evidently-some find it difficult to watch, I found it not as bad as the whiners claim it is. You'd typically expect an entire film set on once scene to get boring but believe me, THIS WAS AWESOME! Ryan Reynolds has won me over. Expand
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schnideMay 16, 2011
This film is about one man inside a six foot wooden box. Where will the movie go? Will he get out? How would you feel if you were in the same situation? What happens when Ryan Reynolds is given more to do that be wide-eyed and goodThis film is about one man inside a six foot wooden box. Where will the movie go? Will he get out? How would you feel if you were in the same situation? What happens when Ryan Reynolds is given more to do that be wide-eyed and good looking in sub-par chick flicks? The answer to these questions and more can be found by watching Buried, an original and well-crafted tense thriller/horror which is a pure antidote to high-octane ensemble cast blockbusters but no less thrilling for it. A must-see. Expand
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grandpajoe6191Sep 18, 2011
Director Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried" had a decent ending, but the movie 'buries' all of it with its slow building tension and a lone, powerful performance by Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy.
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FrozenStar90Feb 28, 2011
Unbelievable. Ryan Reynolds sure showed me. He plays Paul Conroy with such realism and intensity that I couldn't help but root for him. Buried is a very intense 90-minute thrill ride that never lets up. The pacing is absolutely amazing,Unbelievable. Ryan Reynolds sure showed me. He plays Paul Conroy with such realism and intensity that I couldn't help but root for him. Buried is a very intense 90-minute thrill ride that never lets up. The pacing is absolutely amazing, especially for taking place in a small box during its entirety. This is an exercise in minimalist entertainment that had me rocking on the edge of my seat and gasping for air during the final 10 minutes. Searingly intense. Expand
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KranitokoMar 30, 2011
Such a fantastic film. There's so many thrills, and I watched this the day after I watched "Unstoppable" so it was another film that gave me tonnes of thrills. The ending was so unexpected and there were so many twists in the film that youSuch a fantastic film. There's so many thrills, and I watched this the day after I watched "Unstoppable" so it was another film that gave me tonnes of thrills. The ending was so unexpected and there were so many twists in the film that you couldn't help but go with it. Anybody into thrillers? You will love this. It takes a little while to pick up though, so the first 15 minutes is just Ryan Reynolds struggling and shuffling. Expand
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FrostbiteOct 13, 2010
I will admit- I'm not a Ryan Reynolds fan. Whenever I see him on TV or in a movie, I expect his role to be that of a comedian, or at least have some funny lines. But with Buried, my opinion has changed entirely. In this movie, it follows aI will admit- I'm not a Ryan Reynolds fan. Whenever I see him on TV or in a movie, I expect his role to be that of a comedian, or at least have some funny lines. But with Buried, my opinion has changed entirely. In this movie, it follows a journalist who has been buried alive in a coffin. All he has is his phone, a knife, and his clothes. The movie will keep you tense and on the edge of your seat, as the atmosphere in the movie is simply unmatched by any other film. And then there is the ending. It ends in a moment of extreme desperation, one that has you begging for a different last scene. If you enjoy movies with good atmospheres, there is none better. Expand
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GrammyGrim0Jun 9, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is terrible. It was a 2 hour waste of time. He is stuck in a box the whole time, then he dies.
Terrible. I watched and I was like, "Wow, Terrible."
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XeliaxFeb 25, 2012
After 10 minutes, I knew the whole movie would be a boxed movie. Nothing makes sense in that movie and all is overly exaggerated to make up ridiculous situations. I did not even feel any emotion when he was talking to his wife, his mom... itAfter 10 minutes, I knew the whole movie would be a boxed movie. Nothing makes sense in that movie and all is overly exaggerated to make up ridiculous situations. I did not even feel any emotion when he was talking to his wife, his mom... it smelled fake all the way. Or is it that I have just watched the great "127 hours" one week ago and I am still so invigorated from seeing it ! Similar type of movie but more intense. No need to make up fake discussions and extra situations (like a snake) to create intensity and emotions. Expand
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honeyNYMay 24, 2011
WOW! This was honestly the worst, cheapest, most boring movie I have ever seen! The whole movie is one actor in one box, are you serious? I think i payed more for the movie, then they did to make it! I was upset for wasting almost 2 hrs of myWOW! This was honestly the worst, cheapest, most boring movie I have ever seen! The whole movie is one actor in one box, are you serious? I think i payed more for the movie, then they did to make it! I was upset for wasting almost 2 hrs of my life on something that ridiculously dumb! DONT EVER WATCH THIS! Expand
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abi_abhiabiSep 13, 2014
the movie started well.. was moving well.. but i was disappointed in the end because of its negative ending.. this is slightly an overrated movie..the ending definitely ruined the movie.. otherwise it would have been a great movie..
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FlorainFeb 12, 2011
Worst movie I've ever seen! Holy crap! I can't believe there's not a flood of hate for this movie! Read the critic reviews and pay attention to the details: "Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds" "Rodrigo Cortes keeps theWorst movie I've ever seen! Holy crap! I can't believe there's not a flood of hate for this movie! Read the critic reviews and pay attention to the details: "Ninety minutes of being buried alive with Ryan Reynolds" "Rodrigo Cortes keeps the action bound to the box, limiting his lighting to naturalistic approximations, so that much of Reynolds's performance consists of him grunting and heaving in the dark." "Your enjoyment - if that's the right word - of Buried will hinge on two things: Your ability to tolerate situations in which characters are confined to very tight spaces, and your willingness to be emotionally manipulated in the cheapest way imaginable." Bottom line: the movie is 90 minutes of staring at a dimly lit Ryan Reynolds as he grunts and makes pitiful attempts at creating drama and suspense. Failing so epicly, I felt morally obligated to make an account on this site. If you value your time or your brain cells, take a PASS on this movie!!! Expand
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AniariMar 29, 2011
This was a terrible movie, definitely one I struggled to continue watching. The entire movie seems to have a predictable plot along with boring events happening, all of it being shot from in the box. To give my full feel of this movie, let meThis was a terrible movie, definitely one I struggled to continue watching. The entire movie seems to have a predictable plot along with boring events happening, all of it being shot from in the box. To give my full feel of this movie, let me put it this way: probably the most expensive thing was Ryan Reynolds - half of the budget of the movie going to paying him for being in it. Otherwise, a box and other random items couldn't have been expensive, and weren't even used the best. I wouldn't ever watch this movie again. Expand
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bruiedsuxxFeb 18, 2011
This movie is so bad that if someone made me watch it again i would ripp my eyes. i was going to throw my remote at the tv! at the end! Would rather watch a tree for 12 years then to watch this again
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RValeJan 19, 2011
This movie has some merits, like make real the impression to be buried, but it´s so boring the unique scenario. The scenarios are so expansive, then this movie is most cheapest of history. Because this all the thriller, tension,This movie has some merits, like make real the impression to be buried, but it´s so boring the unique scenario. The scenarios are so expansive, then this movie is most cheapest of history. Because this all the thriller, tension, roles are concentrated in only actor and box. I really do not like. Expand
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BlitzcragJun 11, 2011
If you can be patient and attentive to a movie about a guy being in a box, you still might not want to see it. I am mixed about the movie; watch it if you really have nothing else to do.
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davenbettridgeFeb 5, 2012
While I do appreciate the concept of telling a good story in a limited setting and budget and I have enjoyed many movies which have done this in the past, I did not however find Buried very compelling. The camera shots were the moviesWhile I do appreciate the concept of telling a good story in a limited setting and budget and I have enjoyed many movies which have done this in the past, I did not however find Buried very compelling. The camera shots were the movies strength along with the changing colour schemes as the movie progressed, Reynolds was also well acted. However the story never seemed to be very interesting and I was bored by the end. There are some things to learn from Buried so I recommend to film makers but the over all story was not interesting. Pass Expand
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ShiiraNov 4, 2010
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Paul Conroy(Ryan Reynolds) isn't dead, but the American is halfway there; he's buried; he's a goner, so for all intents and purposes, he's dead, as are all the phantasmagorical residents of St. Agnes Cemetery, the people who know Francis Phelan, the patron saint of drunkards from William Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Ironwood". The washed-up major league ballplayer's loved ones conduct their lives in pine boxes, under the dirt, an imitation of life, his parents, his infant son, subterranean and regimented. They're zombies who became mixed-up angels, playing the role of guardian instead of brain-eater. It's a lifestyle that the American in Iraq has come to know; his life, suddenly interrupted, when insurgents bomb a convoy of trucks driven by apolitical truck drivers, like Paul, the "lucky" one, the survivor, who stops being a zombie, perhaps realizing, finally, that he's complicit in the war, soldier or not. Alone, but not alone, since the Blackberry his captors leave behind, allows Paul to call for help, and more importantly, give people the vicarious experience of being him, attributable to the wireless gadget's video recording and subsequent transmitting of the hostage "tape" into cyberspace. Being her, being Saskia(Johanna Ter Steege), it's what the killer in George Sluzier's "Spoorloos"(American title: "The Vanishing") promises Rex(Gene Berloets), if he just drinks the coffee spiked with sleeping pills. Released during the pre-Internet days of the late-eighties, when rotary phones were on the wane, but still in use, in which the limitations imposed by an analog-based technology would have made it harder for millions of people to "share the exact same experience"(translated from the Dutch), the tortured lover, bereft of the futuristic hypothetical that Saskia's final moments could turn up on YouTube, ends up drinking from the cup, and becomes a victim of YouDie. Rex is the only one who knows how she died. When the effects of the drugs wear off, he starts screaming, having neither the technological means(a cell phone), nor kung fu(the hands of "The Bride") to escape; he doesn't have a prayer, as "Spoorloos" ends on an unsettling note of unfathomable suffering. The moviegoer never gets comfortable with the idea of being buried alive. Brevity is the key. "Buried" overstays its welcome. Whereas(in "Ironwood") Francis' father "smoked roots of grass" and mother "wove crosses from the dead dandelions and other deep-rooted weaves" as they lay in their graves, likewise, a semblance of culture makes burial seem almost tolerable, in which the Blackberry slowly normalizes Paul's once-frantic predicament, as the film's extended running time(as opposed to "Spoorloos") allows the moviegoer to orientate himself with the extreme spatial dimensions. Knowing this, the filmmaker resorts to cheap tricks as a matter of readdressing Paul's dislocation, like the episode with the snake, and the episode with his mother, shameless manipulations both, of our phobias and heartstrings, respectively. "Buried" may be experimental in form, but the content is pure Hollywood, depicted in a filmic language that's minimalist, but it's minimalism by default, dictated by the confines, not by existentialism. Paul is always doing something; he never just lies there and contemplates his inevitable demise, as Rex does, when he simply whispers his lover's name. "Buried" could not have been made without the advent of the cell-phone. Just like contemporary life, a person who relies on on-line friends, a whole host of faces and disembodied voices, doesn't need to be in a coffin to be isolated. Similar to Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth", this paean to the information age represents a passing of the torch, as our phone booths slowly turn into ruins, without lament, by us, or perhaps, even by Superman. "Buried" is a perfect expression of our love affair with technology, in which man and phone are entombed in a parasitic relationship. Expand
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MetalMan95Dec 24, 2010
great thriller. Every second has some sort of tension. Whether oxygen wise, or what he has to do, there's tension to he highest degree. The ending wasn't great, but its realistic. Watch it, its really worth the time. Plus, Ryan Reynolds wasgreat thriller. Every second has some sort of tension. Whether oxygen wise, or what he has to do, there's tension to he highest degree. The ending wasn't great, but its realistic. Watch it, its really worth the time. Plus, Ryan Reynolds was terrific in here. Expand
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uljanovSep 24, 2010
Awesome movie! Great Ryan Reynolds, but above all this is one of the best executed movie of the year. The somewhat damning undertone about America and the Iraq war could have been buried a little deeper within the subtext but Cortes pulls offAwesome movie! Great Ryan Reynolds, but above all this is one of the best executed movie of the year. The somewhat damning undertone about America and the Iraq war could have been buried a little deeper within the subtext but Cortes pulls off a pretty impressive feat with this hard sell. Expand
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nutterjrJan 14, 2011
Truly, I feel a round of applause is needed for the director Cortes for making a skillfully crafted, vivid, nail bitting thriller inside the space of less than 0.5 square meters. Not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
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KingmushMar 20, 2011
http://mushreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/buried.html

I'll admit when I first heard of this movie and it's twist I didn't think it would work all that well. I mean a whole movie filmed inside a wooden box under ground? Sounds pretty boring
http://mushreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/buried.html

I'll admit when I first heard of this movie and it's twist I didn't think it would work all that well. I mean a whole movie filmed inside a wooden box under ground? Sounds pretty boring and stale.

Luckily my prior views were wrong. I thought they did a great job with only having us see one scene in the box. It gave us a sense of actually feeling the main character's pain. Every triumph he got we rejoiced, every pain he endured we did as well. It was a very intense and emotionally draining movie and I applaud the creators for making a movie that can do that.

My only real problem was the ending. I felt that the creators did the ending the way they did in order to spite us and for that I felt it was rushed and not thought through all the way. But other than that it was a solid movie.
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KandraaOct 14, 2010
My friend who I saw this movie with hated it, thought it was boring. But I thought it was a good suspense/ action type movie. It showed only Ryan in the box but that is what made it so suspenseful for me. It really made me feel like I wasMy friend who I saw this movie with hated it, thought it was boring. But I thought it was a good suspense/ action type movie. It showed only Ryan in the box but that is what made it so suspenseful for me. It really made me feel like I was buried with him. The suspense in this movie was alive. But the fact that there is only so much that can go wrong when you are in a box under ground I felt slightly bored in some parts of film, but the boredom only lasted for a couple of minutes. Recommended as a rental. Expand
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TonyOct 12, 2010
A high-concept thriller that works solely because of Ryan Reynolds' performance. If a less talented actor was featured, this would have been a long-ass 90 minutes. Instead, it is an edge-of-your-seat thriller very much worth seeing inA high-concept thriller that works solely because of Ryan Reynolds' performance. If a less talented actor was featured, this would have been a long-ass 90 minutes. Instead, it is an edge-of-your-seat thriller very much worth seeing in theaters. My only complaint was that the political statement it was trying to get at was kind of muddled and out of place. Expand
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joserossOct 20, 2010
I was a bit apprehensive about this one... 90 minutes with a single actor in a box. But it works, it manages to build the tension and sucks you into the movie. It is not the movie of the year, but it is truly an "enjoyable" experience.
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TheQuietGamerSep 3, 2011
This movie was spectacular, a true masterpiece, it's intense and honestly had me dying to see what would happen next, you think just watching Ryan Reynolds laying in a box for 95 minutes would be boring, your wrong, I've only watched oneThis movie was spectacular, a true masterpiece, it's intense and honestly had me dying to see what would happen next, you think just watching Ryan Reynolds laying in a box for 95 minutes would be boring, your wrong, I've only watched one other of his movies, as honestly they just look stupid, but after the outstanding performance he gave in this movie I now want to watch his others, this is a must watch with only one scene involving a snake feeling unnecessary, seriously go out and watch this movie, you won't be disappointed. Expand
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doricdom108Jan 6, 2011
Going in to this film i wanted to feel a claustrophobic as possible, luckily the cinema screen i viewed it in only had 4 rows of seats and about 5 people watching it with me. I do find Ryan Reynolds very funny so i felt it was time i saw himGoing in to this film i wanted to feel a claustrophobic as possible, luckily the cinema screen i viewed it in only had 4 rows of seats and about 5 people watching it with me. I do find Ryan Reynolds very funny so i felt it was time i saw him not be the funny man and i wasn't disappointed, i was with him every step of the way, i felt anger, sadness, hope and i did get a bit choked up at the end, reaching into the air like a mad man as though i could save him. This is defiantly in my top ten films of the year and i don't really understand why its not getting any award hype, must be some rule that rules it out. Expand
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aryanruleFeb 3, 2011
**** A! This is what a real movie is all about. No need for flashy effects, just plain good acting and cool plot. It was pleasure watching great actor as r.r to perform in front of camera for 90 minutes without real partner it was sort of**** A! This is what a real movie is all about. No need for flashy effects, just plain good acting and cool plot. It was pleasure watching great actor as r.r to perform in front of camera for 90 minutes without real partner it was sort of monologue-movie. Yeah, really liked it, everybody should watch it!!!! Expand
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wjw75Feb 16, 2011
This film sounds good. I'd like the ability to 'save' films to my profile so I have a list of them to watch later, which is pretty much the reason why I signed up, but apparently the only way to do this is to write a review.
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KendylKlownfishApr 22, 2011
Brilliantly terrifying and emotionally intense, Buried is a suspense with a political allegory that gets under skin and haunts your subconscious. Pros: Ryan Reynolds' most groundbreaking performance; immensely unique direction. Cons: Some ofBrilliantly terrifying and emotionally intense, Buried is a suspense with a political allegory that gets under skin and haunts your subconscious. Pros: Ryan Reynolds' most groundbreaking performance; immensely unique direction. Cons: Some of the content is undeniably unreal. Expand
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DemiRoninApr 15, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A suffocatingly well executed idea which surprisingly has a lot more to offer than you might think. The film is just as the title leads you to believe, Ryan Reynolds wakes up one moment and realizes he's been buried alive! Reynolds plays Paul Conroy a truck driver who's been contracted to "rebuild Iraq" (of course after we've invaded and destroyed it). Awakening imprisoned Paul does what everyone would do, screams as loud as he can for help and tries and force his way out. However the obvious solutions prove to be futile so armed with a flashlight, a lighter and a Blackberry Paul must escape or be witness to his own one man funeral. Latter, we come to know the reason for Paul's imprisonment is that he's being held captive for the sum of one million dollars, which if not transfered to a certain bank account he will be left to die. Paul calls everyone he can think of including family friends, the government and his company to prevent him from dying five feet under the ground trapped in a box. What can Paul do to satisfy his kidnappers and who can he call to get him out!? We'll you're going to have to watch the movie to find out. This film never leaves the box which is an amazing feat for a film. It stays underground and doesn't leave for surreal dream or fantasy moments like 127 Hours, which in my mind makes it a better film. Now you can debate this for hours on end but for me, putting the parameters of "We are going to make a film about someone being trapped, and we are never going to cheat by leaving the space of the character" is something to be praised for if done correctly. Buried delivers a story that few would try to attempt and manages to not only keep your audience interested in suspense but also brings up some very controversial topics about government, power and truth. The sound design in this film is amazing and the variety of shots this film pulls off with such a small space should make all cinematographers take notes. Ryan's performance is pitch perfect as you see his character ride a roller coaster of emotions of panicked, hopeful, and defeated. Even though you may hate the sound of this movie, that is exactly why you must see it. *spoiler alert If not for the ending this film would have only gotten a 7/10. But the ending has a twist at the end (which i didn't see coming) that packs a wallop of truth down your throat. For making the strong choice and not going hollywood I gotta give it another point. Well deserved. Expand
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