Quite probably one of the few, if not the only film that piqued my interest for the whole year. I heard that this film would only featured Ryan Reynolds for the whole duration of the film. He was put in a nailed coffin, buried. He has a Zippo, a BlackBerry and a little else and for the duration of the film, he was trying to found out what had happened to him. The film didn’t disappoint and might as well exceeding my already high expectation. It was quite a treat. Taut from start to finish, though it’s not a fun ride. But it’s definitely going to ends as one of my standouts in the year.
For me, it can’t get better than this to promptly put this film on the very top of my most wanted list. Paul Conroy (Reynolds) is a truck driver working in Iraq. We found him waking up groggy with a patch of blood in his forehead, trapped in a coffin, and apparently buried underground. He found a Zippo, and a BlackBerry and for every seconds of the next 90 or so minutes, we were shared the coffin with him, shared his anger, frustration, soak in every glimmer of hope and every iota of desperation. It was a responsibility solely shouldered by Ryan Reynolds and he aptly delivered the due and more.
Be warned, though, the film is not fun. You’d get the idea or how the film is going to conclude telegraphed clearly as early as the theater’s lights went out. But really, it doesn’t matter. Rodrigo Cortes had intended that it is the the journey that mattered. The conclusion was just a by-product. Ryan Reynolds shouldered the responsibility with an amiable quality deliver the performance with such ferocity that it was rather impossible to not side with him. It should be obvious that the rise and fall of this film would rest solely on his hands as we’d get nothing but the shot of his, sometime close-ups, as he went through the experience. A claustrophobic one, at that. And as far as I’m concerned, the film was ever on an upward hike and ended uphill.
One thing I really liked about the film is how Rodrigo never cheats by showing us what happened outside the coffin or a playback scene to give the background on Paul and his circumstances. That would extremely ruins the experience. We learned about Paul solely from his endeavor struggle inside the coffin and the various telephone calls he had made and the effects of those are profound. Again I surmise that we felt his anger, his frustration, his glimmer of hope and sooner rather than later, you’d root for him and had an akin feeling toward the people he contacted as what Paul would’ve felt. For instance, I took a deep hatred toward one of the voice in one of the film’s most depressing scene.
Granted, this film is not for everyone. A good friend of mine merely states that the film was helped because Ryan Reynolds is handsome. I mean, really? Another friend of mine boasted that he had predicted the outcome of the film in the last minute. He missed the point of the film entirely. It was always about the journey and not the destination and he had only predicted the outcome in the last minute? Clearly he hasn’t seen much. Ending the film in a different manner wouldn’t grant the film the status that it had prior the hype and beats the purpose that Rodrigo Cortes tries to deliver. So really, no plus point in having able to guess the ending there, mister.
For others, me included, the film is taut from start to finish. In one of the most thrilling scene, I was almost choked for not breathing, and the girl besides me was perched on the edge of her seat and relieved visibly when the scene has ended. Such enthusiasm I hadn’t seen for quite some time, there.
My rating: ***1/2 / **** Easily exceeds expectation. Ryan Reynold’s haunting performance shown that he’s not only good looking but also one of the few young actors willing to explore a new territory. He reminds me of Gemma Arteton in “The Disappearance of Alice Creed.” It’s taut thriller from the start to finish and once more I accentuate, it’s more about the journey not the destination and as it was, it is one of my favorite film in the year 2010.