170.000sq miles of desert
90 minutes of oxygen
No way out
I knew about this movie from Ronan’s blog, Filmplicity. His review on the movie is very convincing. I don’t usually fall for someone’s review till I saw the trailer, my last opinion on whether to watch a movie or not is always after seeing its trailer, but I was so eager to see this movie right after reading the review. I guess the reason for my curiosity is because I always enjoy small character movies with powerful performance and great story line. I really like Cast Away and still looking forward to see 127 hours.
I was convinced that the movie won’t be played in Indonesian cinema. I was surprised to see that it appears in the ‘coming soon’ poster. Till last week, it was still amongst those ‘coming soon’ posters. Fortunately, the DVD is already out.
The story was very simple. A man named Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) woke up in a coffin under tons of sand above him. He had nothing but a lighter and a mobile phone. He tried to remember what had happened to him. From the mobile, which is not his, he tried calling his wife and his employer. He also called FBI and other government department to help him out.
Simple isn’t it?
To make matter worse, you can only see Ryan Reynolds moving around inside a small coffin for 90 minutes!! Other actors only lent their voices. And there is a lot of heavy breathing and dark scenes.
Sounds boring, right?
Well, here’s my thought:
Yes, the story is very simple but it has depth more than most complicated movies I have seen lately. It is also more interesting than the last big budget movie I saw. Rodrigo Cortés manages to create a 90 minutes movie with only 1 man in a very limited space far from being boring.
As for Reynolds, he plays brilliantly …well, he has to!! Otherwise the movie will fail badly. The whole movie really depends on the ability of the actor to act at his best. And Reynolds flawlessly delivers it. He makes me glued to the screen wondering what will happen to him. I am as pissed-off as him when his employer calls him to tell him that he is fired. I am as tense as him when the sand starts pressing the coffin. He literally makes me believe that he is really stuck in that coffin for 90minutes.
The ending is something that will make you keep questioning while watching. the movie. Will he be saved? Or will he died?
When the movie was finally over, I was left feeling so awed at the movie. It can be defined as ‘greatness sometime comes from something so simple’