Ryan Reynolds stars as a man who has just woken up buried six feet underground. He has a mobile phone, a lighter, 90 minutes of air, but no way out in this suspenseful, claustrophobic thriller. Blank screen. Silence. Blank screen. Scratching. Sounds like fingernails on wood. Flash of light. Glimpse of an eye. Another, longer flash. Definitely an eye, two in fact. The owner of the eyes manages to keep the lighter lit. Glimpse of a face. Looks like Ryan Reynolds’ face. It is Ryan Reynolds. He’s gagged and he doesn’t look happy. He screams and kicks out. His feet connect with wood – he’s in a confined space. A tight, confined space. The camera reveals a wooden lid just above his nose. A box. Hang on, what’s a buried box with a person in it called? ‘Help! Heeeeellllpppp!’ Why’s he in a coffin… but alive? Of course, it’s better to be alive than dead. Or is it, if you’re in a coffin? Perhaps these are questions for later, as, presumably, is how did he get in there? Because the priority right now is to get out. And he only has around 90 minutes of air which, coincidentally, is roughly the run time of a taut, breathless Hollywood thriller.
Buried – Saturday 12.20pm on Channel 4