A couple nights ago I caught a rather interesting movie called “Buried” starring soon to be Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds. The conceit of the movie is interesting: an American truck driver in Iraq wakes up to find himself buried in a underground coffin. The entire film takes place in this coffin, with no flashbacks or external locations. From a production cost standpoint, it’s pure genius. The question is can the acting and direction and narrative arc carry the movie over the course of an hour and a half?

The premise itself is quite horrifying. I’ve experienced claustrophobia; the first time I ever had a panic attack was when I had a friend lock me in the truck of his car as a kind of test of manhood. So when Reynolds wakes up in a coffin as the movie begins, I found it quite disconcerting.

That claustrophobic fear is enough to keep film engaging. The movie is also a political metaphor — Reynolds, the average American, is trapped between military bureaucracy and simmering Iraqi anger, much the same way the American soldier is. However, once the movie gives away its political agenda, it limits the directions the story can move in, which makes it more predictable. Nonetheless, I would say it’s a film worth watching.

“Buried” did get me thinking about the topic of fear. Over the past couple years I’ve developed a much much better sense of what’s happening from a physiological perspective when we experience fear. And if I myself wondering whether that knowledge itself can be used to combat fear. For instance, if you find yourself in a fear inducing situation, can you simply explain to yourself that the trembling and racing heart and mind are merely the result of your limbic system reacting as it’s been programmed to do by eons of evolution? Can I take the sting out of fear? I have found over the past couple years, as I’ve read up on neuroscience, I do see more emotionally mute. Feelings don’t have the impact — either sweet or bitter — that they use to. Maybe I’m just getting old.

I would like to figure a way to eliminate fear entirely. My ideal existence would be that of a fearless unstoppable killing machine.

3 Responses to “Buried”

  1. John Saleeby

    I’m probably the only person on Earth willing to say this, but I think Ryan Reynolds is pretty good. He’s a Fucking Genius in “Waiting”. He’s a hilarious Comedy Guy but, considering the shitty Comedy Movies they’re plopping out of Hollywood these days, no wonder he’d rather do Super Hero stuff.

    I just found out that Seth McFarland bastard is doing a new version of “The Flintstones”. FUCK that guy.

  2. Wil

    Yeah, Reynolds is actually alright in buried. A little subdued, as seems to be his style, but he can act.

  3. John Saleeby

    I saw him in a drama where he played a guy who was going kind of crazy. At the end it turned out the whole thing was a flashback to when he was a young man, he was telling the story to the guy who was about to marry his Daughter and Reynolds was now playing an elderly man. It was very well down and he handled it very well. He is also very good in an incomprehensable Movie about Kabala called “The Nines”.

    I want to see “Slums Of Beverly Hills” again.