Tuesday, September 27, 2011
1625 - Buried
Before I get too far ahead, Buried is a film about an American truck driver in Iraq, who is kidnapped for random and buried alive with little more than a cell phone and some illumination to help get him out. The film is an intended exercise in frustration and also a comment on similar situations in the world, I'm sure. If you like dynamic semi-political thrillers, this one might just blow you away a little. So there's that, and now for my complaints, which will come by the way of SPOILERS BELOW...
My only real beef with this film is how it didn't given in totally to it's premise. Sure we see the bars on the phone going down and down - but on it's last bar he's still somehow able to record two videos (one rather long one) and upload the other to another phone, not to mention make several calls. Some battery on that phone! And even in the end, there was never any real risk of the phone dying. Given the harsh ending that the film has, I think that it could have very easily cut out (the phone) when he was having his final talk with his wife. On a similar note the oxygen thing bothered me - he spent a lot of time freaking out, using the lighter, all of which would deplete the oxygen - sure he mentions it a few times, but he doesn't really suffer from it (unless you count the very ending - but I think that falls under something completely different). I wish I could let that little shit go, but with a film like this the devil is in the details, and I think that kind of stuff could have been just a tad stronger.
Overall this was a well written, amazingly acted, and phenomenally directed film. Highly recommend it.