The next time your filmmaker buddy complains to you that he doesn’t have enough money to finish his project, I suggest you refer him to Buried. Turns out, all you need is a box, Ryan Reynolds, and a cell phone to make a pretty darn compelling movie.
Yup, all of Buried takes place in a grave, where trucker Paul Conroy has been buried alive. The film starts in pitch black silence (no need to wave at the projectionist, it’s on purpose), then watches as Paul wakes up, panics, writhes around in agony, and tries (in vain) to break out.
He has a lighter and a cell phone, and that’s pretty much it.
We find out that he was doing a contract job in Iraq and the convoy he was driving in got ambushed by insurgents. Most of his fellow truckers are believed to be dead. The cell phone is there so the kidnappers can talk to him and demand ransom. (It starts at $5 million). It’s also his only link to the outside world.
“You can’t be buried too far underground if you’re still getting cell service...