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8th October 2010

Summary:

It's tension overload in this panic-inducing thriller starring Ryan Reynolds as a man trapped in a truly terrifying situation.

Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American contractor working in danger-filled Iraq. A devoted husband and family man, his life takes an unexpected turn for the worst when he wakes one day to find that he has been kidnapped. Horrifically, Paul's prison is a wooden crate buried six feet underground - and he has only a mobile phone and a lighter to help him make sense of his predicament. With poor reception, a battery that's on its last legs, and an oxygen supply that's diminishing with every breath, Paul has just 90 minutes to get to the bottom of why he's there, procure whatever it is his kidnappers want, and finally - hopefully - secure his own freedom. Ryan Reynolds gives a suitably intense performance as a man battling to survive in this claustrophobic chiller.

Review:

What a film. It's a fantastic idea for a film as it makes the audience focus on the narrative of the film rather than special effects. The unexpected twist just adds the great end to the film, which is extremely rare in Hollywood films. It had a heart-breaking story line , not recommended for the light hearted, which could also consider the consequences of war. The whole aspect of being buried underground, with limited air, a mobile, a lighter and a mystery to solve, is spectacular. But what really amazed me was the fact that the whole thing was seen through the 'eyes' of Paul. You were trapped along with him and it certainly felt that way. It is a high tension film that constantly keeps you in awe with anticipation and leaves you wanting more. The acting is spot on and really shows off the work that Chris and Rodrigo have done. It's a must see film.