Today I, along with a few friends, went to go and see the new Rodrigo Cortés directed film Buried which stars Ryan Reynolds. I had no expectations when walking into the theatre because I hadn’t seen any trailers for the film beforehand. I trusted that my friends had good judgement and had selected a film that would be interesting if not entertaining. Let’s just say that next time I will be selecting the film. Read the review when you read on.
If I am honest I am actually quite lost for words. I wouldn’t say that the film is the worst film that I have ever seen but it certainly isn’t even close to the best. The best way to describe the film in one word would be to say it is BASIC. I guess film makers are trying to come up with new ways to entertain us rather than pack a film with a whole load of stunts and action. If you have seen Paranormal Activity then you will understand my description ‘BASIC’. Much like Paranormal Activity the film is set in one place throughout with a limited number of actors appearing on screen. When I say limited number of actors what I mean by this is that there is actually only one true actor in the film.
I don’t want to go into details of the films plot as I don’t want to spoil it for those who will go on to watch but no word of a lie I could sum the film up in one sentence. A man with a phone and a torch in a box. Like I said before BASIC. How on earth the production of this film even surpassed the million pound mark is beyond me let alone almost reach 2 million. I swear I could make the same film with some scrap wood and £50.
Though I came out of the film feeling less than impressed I do have to commend the star of the film Ryan Reynolds. Somehow his acting capabilities managed to bring the limited story to life. To be able to carry a film by yourself and keep the audience engaged in no mean feat (think I Am Legend). A number of emotions were brought to the surface because he is such a good actor. He was able to bring humour to what is ultimately a very boring film. Empathy and sympathy are other strong emotions that he manages to induce, again a testament to his superior acting abilities.
This film most definitely has made me see Reynolds as a serious actor whereas before I only thought of him a comedic character (anyone remember Van Wilder). All in all I’m not really sure what to make of the film. Although I appreciate the fact that it’s not your typical film and I commend the fact that they done something different it was very slow and drawn out, a film that people could quite easily fall asleep watching. And to top it all off, the way the film ends leaves you feeling very unsatisfied. Maybe we are accustomed to having a happy ending but considering the slow nature of the film the least they could do was end with a happier ending allowing the audience to rejoice instead of leaving with a hint of sadness.
I’m not going to rate this film because if I am totally honest I actually don’t know how I feel about it. To say that I am confused is an understatement. I have never before left a film so disgusted and disappointed but after five minutes of reflecting finding myself pointing out positives and commending originality, strange! I would recommend that you watch this film in order to form your own opinion.