Sometimes Sundance puts out good films, sometimes great, and sometimes it produces some of the most powerful independent films one could imagine, and Buried is one of those films. Buried is a Spanish thriller film, directed by Rodrigo Cortes, and starring Ryan Reynolds. This film, was one of the best I have seen, ever. The film centers around Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) after his kidnapping and burial while working as a truck driver in Iraq. The film starts about 20 minutes after Paul has been buried, through his confusion, and attempts to be rescued. At his disposal he has a pencil, a knife, a cellphone and a zippo lighter. The most beautiful thing about this film is the amount of drama that comes from such a small amount of space. The film takes place in a box, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, a box, and yet it remains one of the most gripping films I have ever seen. You learn about Paul, his family, his employer, and his friends. This review will be short because I don’t want to spoil anything, but do not be fooled, you want to see this movie. You want to see it in a dimly lit room, in total silence. This film will affect you in ways you would not believe possible for such a simple premise. Buried is not just a film about a man buried, it is a film about what a life is worth, about love, and about the true fears of man. Whatever you needed me to say about this film to make you see it, consider it said: two thumbs up, five stars, one of my favorite films of the year, and a crowning achievement. I loved this film, and no matter who you are, you will as well.
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