This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
Who? Directed by Rodrigo Cortés and starring Ryan Reynolds
Why? What would you do if you woke up and found yourself buried alive in a tight coffin? This is what happens to civilian truck driver Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) after his convoy is attacked by Iraqi insurgents. Beaten and understandably panicked, Paul discovers that he is trapped in what could be his tomb with a cell phone that isn't his, a Zippo lighter, a few glow sticks and not much else. You can literally feel the air grow thin as Paul tries to call anyone who will help, including the Pentagon, his family and his employer. After dealing with voicemails and numerous runarounds, Paul finally finds a federal agent who seems to be closing in on Paul's location in the Iraqi desert. With Paul's cell phone running out of juice and his kidnapper continuously calling and threatening him to make a ransom video on the cell, will the agent rescue Paul before it's too late?
You wouldn't think a 95-minute movie the entirety of which takes place within the confines of a coffin would keep one's interest, but this claustrophobic Spanish thriller is the stuff of nightmares. Reynolds—who is best known for his sick abs and "Sexiest Man Alive" status—at first seems like an odd choice for a role that requires convincing facial expressions instead of beefcake and frat-boy humor, but Reynolds will make you feel like you are trapped underground with him as his panic escalates. The action intensifies until the shocking conclusion—one you weren't really expecting and that few American directors would have the cojones to go with. Kudos to director Rodrigo Cortés for not wimping out at the end and Reynolds for selling us on his character's unfathomable hell.
What Else?: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "Unearthing Buried: The Making of Buried" and the original theatrical trailers.