The plot to “Buried,” due out this September is very simple: “Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.” And the movie runs a cool 95 minutes (which is probably the maximum attention-span limit for a film whose action pretty much all takes place inside a coffin).
You may watch this trailer and feel like not much is happening here/ wonder if the filmmakers never saw Uma Thuman’s heroic escape from a coffin in “Kill Bill”/ be suffering from too much Reynolds (I’ve heard that’s *possible*)/ ask yourself why he doesn’t use the powers of his Green Lantern ring or Deadpool’s swords to claw his way out.
Personally, I’m intrigued. Fueled by the fact this was a huge hit in Sundance this past year, the script was a finalist in 2009 on Hollywood’s coveted screenwriters’ Black List (an insider-y listing of a year’s best unproduced scripts), and a lot of movie blogs that I read (like /Film) on a daily basis had nothing but great things to say about “Buried”.
Those of you unfamiliar with The Black List should know that previous finalists that have gone on to be optioned, produced, (and in many cases, award-winning) films have included: Lars and the Real Girl, Juno, There Will Be Blood, 500 Days of Summer, Inglorious Basterds, Up in the Air… I think you see my point.
Upcoming films that were culled from the most-recent list of finalists include: The Social Network, Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley writer/dir.), Due Date (Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis), Water for Elephants, the ill-fated (thanks, Mad Mel!) The Beaver (I think Steve Carell was originally attached to this one), and apparently “Arthur” (the remake, with Russell Bland) made it to this list. Which is weird, since it’s a REMAKE. Which goes to show how much the script must have changed. It may also prove that no one knew Brand was involved at the time of script review, or else perhaps no one would have given it the thumb’s up.
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