MPAA Rating: R
Director: Rodrigo Cortes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
What It Is?: Paul Conroy (Reynolds) has woken up inside of an old coffin, not able to break out of it. The only resources he has are a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes of oxygen. As he tries to contact anyone who can help him, such as the FBI, CIA, etc…the terrorists that have abducted him are now contacting him. With a $5 million ransom to get him out of there, his only hope is that somebody will be able to trace and find out where he is before it’s too late.
What We Think?: Spanish director, Rodrigo Cortes brings us this “claustrophobic” delight. Armed with an airtight premise, simple enough for even a child to understand, the movie brings us a film filled with suspense and craziness. Ryan Reynolds stars in the film, which was nominated for 4 Goya Awards, including Reynolds, who was nominated for “Best Actor”. The film has very interesting camera angles and makes do with the lighting as best as it can, to try and simulate the feeling of the enclosed space and does it very well. It is able to stretch the premise of the film to a good 90 minutes while keeping us interested. Adding little tidbits of information and plot twists throughout the allotted time, Ryan Reynolds gives a fantastic performance, a man in desperation played to the tee.
Our Grade: B+, An absolute gripping film, giving one of Reynold’s great performances. Suspense filled and a very interesting watch from start to finish. Definitely, a movie to check out.