It was just at the end of last summer when Ryan Reynolds signed on to the low-budget indie, Buried, as a means — I suppose — of keeping his acting cred up ahead of a couple of big-time blockbuster superhero movies (Green Lantern and Deadpool). I applaud the career move, and even sort of dig (*groan*) the movie’s premise — it’s about a man stuck inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a cigarette lighter — but the teaser trailer and the scene below actually aren’t that encouraging. In the teaser, R-Squared’s acting range is severely tested (he was two speeds: 1) Smarmy and 2) Wiseacre), and in the full length-scene, the premise quickly reveals its weaknesses, namely that the director is forced to dizzyingly spin the camera around inside the coffin in order to create the impression of chaos. I mean — if you already hate the shaky cam, can you imagine the close-up shaky cam? For 90 minutes?
I’m just not sure if there’s a full movie of material here — it seems like it’d get old awfully quick, and even if it doesn’t, the one minute scene feels awfully goddamn claustrophobic. The movie is set to premiere at Sundance next week, and while I have some doubts, it is Ryan Reynolds, and even though I’ve managed to extinguish my man crush (no, really!), I do think he’s a swell guy. I’d like it to succeed. I’m just not banking on it.
The teaser is first, followed by a scene from the movie: