By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
Ryan Reynolds is a civilian contractor working in Iraq, who finds himself in a coffin, buried alive.He has a cell phone in Arabic, a lighter, a couple of light sticks, a flask… and a time limit.
Sounds like a boring movie, right?How do you get and hour and a half of entertainment from that setup?Reynolds can only shuffle around a few inches, for crying out loud.
No ladies, this doesn’t happen either
Well, you can, and quite a bit actually.Director Rodrigo Cortes is a wizard at taking a very limited premise and keeping you on the edge of your seat with it.This movie is intense, building on itself exponentially all the way up to an ending that would have made Hitchcock proud.
Throughout all of this tension Reynolds and Cortes provide plenty of small humorous moments and witty lines to keep the film from being suffocating without distracting from the plot.This is the perfect mix for a fast-paced, high-tension film like this.
A final tip of the cup has to be given to possibly the coldest bureaucratic conversation (and double-cross) every filmed… so cold.
Okay, this is nitpicking, but Ryan Reynolds screams and grunts funny.It sounds like he ate about 30 bowls of Fiber-Os and now it’s time to pay the piper.
You’ll want a beer to distract you from the noises Reynolds is making and the images of Ex-Lax commercials popping in your head.
Watch it.It’ll hook you immediately and not let you go all the way to the intense end.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: whenever some sand pours in.
Take a drink: each time the lights go out.
Drink a shot: each time Reynolds is fucked over by the system.