Number of Times Seen – 4 (8 Feb 2011, 26 Nov 2013, 25 Mar 2015 and 16 Apr 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A contracted truck driver in Iraq is kidnapped and placed in a coffin where he must find a way to raise a ransom for those holding him hostage before he suffocates.
My Take on it – This is a film that I first came across by accident years ago and instantly fell in love with the minimalist approach to things that allows the story to work on so many levels and be so thrilling from start to finish.
The premise is superb and works so well because they give us so much to want to care about this character as things unfold.
The choice to keep the whole story within one small venue that is the inside of a coffin was a great one because it adds so much more tension to things.
The way that this film is shot makes us feel the claustrophobia of the character and as things move along, it feels as if things are getting smaller and smaller and that adds so much to the tension and suspense of it all.
The fact that the story never needs to deviate from its one location has much to do with the fact that Ryan Reynolds does a spectacular job in the lead role and makes us care so much about his characters as the situation he finds himself in escalates more and more.
He shows in this film how great and actor he is when he can give us 90 straight minutes where we are glued to everything he does and never want it to end.
Can’t wait to see this again because it is so unique and thrilling throughout!
Bottom Line – Amazing premise that works so well. The idea to keep the entire story within one small enclosed lace works really well and helps raise the tension level to such high levels. The movie is filmed in such a way that it allows us to feel the claustrophobic place that this character finds himself in. As the story moves along, the space feels as if it is getting smaller and smaller and that helps make this even more suspenseful to watch. The movie never leaves the venue of a closed coffin and it’s unbelievable how Reynolds is able to hold his own through every minute of this story and never makes us lose interest because of his spectacular performance. Can’t wait to see this again! Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ryan Reynolds stated that he suffered from claustrophobia towards the end of filming (much like the character he is playing). This was mainly due to the fact the coffin he was in was gradually filled with more and more sand as filming went on. He describes the last day of shooting as “unlike anything I experienced in my life, and I never ever want to experience that again.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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