BURIED directed by Rodrigo Cortés, written by Chris Sparling, with Ryan Reynolds. A Maple Pictures release. 96 minutes. Opens Friday (October 1). For venues, trailers and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Rodrigo Cortés's minimalist thriller takes place entirely within the confines of a coffin in which a man (Ryan Reynolds) has found himself buried with little more than a lighter, a flask and a cellphone.
Who he is and what's going on hardly matter. The movie focuses entirely on the issue at hand, which is how our protagonist is going to survive as the minutes tick away and his oxygen supply dwindles. Reynolds is riveting, and it's possible to appreciate Cortés's bravura cinematic accomplishment. But that'll come much later, after you catch your breath.nw