The “Buried” movie is arguably the most underrated and thrilling action movie of all time, with plot twists that will surely blow your mind. This incredibly well-made movie kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It’s only 91 minutes long, but in that time, it enthralls you with a unique story, great performances, and solid directing. Buried is both a suspenseful film and a powerful statement about the human spirit.
Buried (2010) Review
Buried is a 2010 American survival drama film co-written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés in his directorial debut. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a US truck driver whose truck breaks down in the Iraqi desert. He gets kidnapped, after which he realizes that he must rely on the mercy of his kidnappers when a simple delivery turns into a life-or-death ordeal.
After being kidnapped, he awakens, buried alive in a wooden casket in the middle of the desert with limited oxygen and only a Zippo lighter, a pen, and a blackberry phone at hand. Waking up without cell phone reception, he realizes that he will be unable to contact anyone for help. After gaining back the connection to his phone, he tried calling 911 in Youngstown, Ohio. The FBI and his employer, none of them, pick up the call or even agrees to help him. In the end, the only call he receives is from his kidnapper Jabir, where he says he needs to pay a ransom of $5 million or else he will be left alone in the coffin to rot. After the call ends, Paul starts to struggle and stress out but manages to find a malfunctioning flashlight, a glow stick, a flask with alcohol, and a pocket knife. This is where the train starts to build up as you do not realize which one of those devices would actually help him to get out of this trouble. He must fight to survive while the fear that he’ll be buried alive and his rotting body will stay in that coffin forever, lying in deserted nowhere, roams his mind. At that exact moment, he also realizes that he will only stay alive if he can remain to breathe the limited and only air available in the coffin for long enough, all while contemplating his mortality.
The thrill of the movie intensifies around the fact that Paul would be able to survive and get out of the coffin alive. As he contemplates his own morality, Jabir calls Paul again, and this time he demands he film a ransom video so that he can send that video to his friends and colleagues. Initially, Paul refuses to make that video. He threatens Jabir to get him out of the coffin, which is probably not a good idea for Paul as seconds later, he receives a video in the blackberry where Pamela is being executed as she also denied making the video and demands ransom money for her life was also not met. This alarms Paul, and he agrees to make the video asking for ransom money and sends it to his capital, which soon goes viral. It is now being played on major networks and has received numerous views on YouTube.
Here’s where you will think maybe Paul will be discovered by his friends, and they will now rescue him from that situation, and he will survive. Still, the plot twist will throw you off right here when he calls his friend Brenner, who is responsible for hostage situations and working out of Iraq, but Brenner talks to him furiously as he is upset with him for making the video. Shortly afterward, there is a distant explosion that happens and causes damage to the coffin. Paul, to the underscore fan, starts to fill with sand slowly. The base of the trail begins increasing rapidly as there is very little time left in his hands before the whole coffin is filled with sand, and Paul has to succumb to death.
For a brief period of time, the thrill in the movie softens as Dan comes to rescue fall sandals for the day and can locate the location where Paul has been buried. The confidence that is evident in dance boys tells Paul that he might be able to survive and escape from the horrible death.
Buried (2010) Ending Explained!
The movie’s ending is where my mind is actually and fully blown. Dan is on a call with Paul, Azeem stalks people to dig faster and rescue the man who has been buried alive, but only a second after, and to his absolute and sheer horror, he realizes that he has been digging in the wrong site. That is when he remembers that earlier when he was trying to calm down, he lied about Mark White, the innocent boy who was also Buried alive in a similar fashion. Somehow he was the dead body that was getting saved while Paul’s body was getting suffocated with all the sand filling in because of the explosion. The local rescuer had mistakenly led them to the site where once the mark was kidnapped and worried and where now only his dead body remains as he had to also succumb to his death. The heart-wrenching moments of this movie come up when done repeatedly apologizes to Paul for not being able to rescue him and falling to him while the sand fills in Paul’s coffin and suffocates him to death.
Despite taking place in such a confined place, the genius of Rodrigo Cortés was able to curate some unimaginable action scenes that will leave you amazed. This nail-biting movie showcased Ryan Ronalds’s brilliant acting skills in the best way, which later secured him some prestigious award nominations. This intricate film has a lot of puzzles within it, including that last scene itself. However, if we analyze the film carefully, we can find the answers to most of these questions.
Director: Rodrigo Cortés