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Dec 13, 2010

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.

Dec 11, 2010

  • Due Date (2010) - Reuniting the director of “The Hangover” with the film’s scene stealer, Zach Galifianakis and throwing in the ever-popular Robert Downey Jr. for a good measure seems like a good idea for a crazy cross-country road-trip comedy. However, though it has its funny moments, “Due Date” is at best, an uneven journey in which I felt […] »

Dec 10, 2010

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) - I don’t remember how many Narnia films has been out there already but I think this film is the third installment of the franchise. Even if this film had a better production value overall than its predecessors, if it took them three films to bring the franchise to this level, I wished that the franchise […] »

Dec 08, 2010

  • Tangled (2010) - Disney and its fairy tale stories. These two elements were once a legend. And even if Disney isn’t exactly at the top of the animation genre nowadays, given the fierce competitions, I sort of liked the old-fashioned Disney/fairy-tale mash-ups if only for a mere sentimental reason of nostalgia. Granted, I was perhaps a good twelve […] »

Nov 29, 2010

  • The Next Three Days (2010) - What I found very compelling from this film is the fact that the feat featured in this film performed by an ordinary Joe. A teacher nonetheless. Where usually this kind of film escalating its entertainment value by showing the pros to adapt to the situation as they developed during the process, this film shown how […] »

Nov 21, 2010

  • Unstoppable (2010) - This film is a very very safe film. Call it a cliche if you will. The oft used formula of mentor protege, the crisis center where everyone had an earpiece, eyes glued to screen, and cheering and applauding even if they actually did nothing, and a corporate mumbo jumbo big shot to aim the viewer’s […] »
  • Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden (2009) - Even if the Millennium trilogy was created back-to-back-to-back, with actors returning, the screenwriter and director for the films are different. And it shows. If I commend the first film, I was surprised that the second film is a far cry of what the first film had been. I had thought that given the material, the […] »
  • Dream Home (2010) - I was underwhelmed with the whole “Surprise Movie” at this year’s festival. Much like I was underwhelmed with “Pathology” at the first festival. Probably it’s not my cup of tea, but I rarely enjoyed slasher films. However, it was an interesting take on the subject and although she was uncompromising, I could somehow understands that […] »

Nov 19, 2010

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010) - Harry Potter universe, after seven books is arguably convoluted. Trying to keep up with sublplots, characters and all from the book is already a daunting task. Cross that with films that span for nearly ten years and to keep up with actors and faces to associate with a particular character, had made me given up […] »

Nov 18, 2010

  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) - The less you know about the film, the better. Tight script, surprising curves, and a solid three characters play that knowing anything more than what the film had suggested would ruin your experience. Much like if you went into The Sixth Sense knowing full well that Bruce Willis’ character is already dead. The film is […] »