I just caught up with this one last night. It’s a killer little indie flick starring Ryan Reynolds as a civilian contractor in Iraq (just a truck driver, nor a mercenary or anything) who, after an ambush, wakes up buried alive in a coffin by Iraqi insurgents who tell him (via cell phone) that they’re holding him for ransom.
The entire movie takes place inside the coffin. Ryan Reynolds is the only character seen on screen, and we never see anything outside the coffin. I highly reccomend this. I don’t want to spoil anything because part of what makes the movie work is the confusion amd complete lack of any idea where it could be going. The movie does an extraordinarily good job of keeping the audience interested with an extremely limited visual range (there is no cheating with flashbacks or anything. All you see is the inside of the coffin). There is a political element to it, which I won’t spoil, and some exquisitely frustrating material dealing with government and corporate bureaucrats (there is one scene in particular which will make you want to track down a motherfucker and strangle him. I won’t say what it is. You’ll know it when you see it). It’s claustrophobic and tense (you really feel like your in that coffin yourself for an hours and a half), and I’m finding that it’s really staying with me. I have to say that one of the best things about it is he performance of Ryan Reynolds, who has a hell of a difficult job here, being the only character scene and not having a lot of mobility, but he sells it completely. You are 100% sympathetic to the guy. suffer with him, rage with him and desperately want him to be saved.
This is a movie likely to be overlooked, but if you get a chance to see it, it;s really worthwhile, and it’s a nomonation-worthy performance from reynolds (though it’s unlikely he’ll get one). It’s the kind of movie you keep thinking about for days after you’ve seen it.
Has anyone else seen it, and what did you think?