Buried trailer features no footage
Buried feels like a very limited idea, but at the same time it's one that could well play to the strengths of a convincing actor and do their career no end of good. What I like about the idea is that it could lay bare the a film and strip it back to the essentials, the story and the actors.
Of course so far the film is being marketed on the fact that one man is stuck in a coffin, buried underground, and he has his mobile phone to try and find help, whether that be rescue or organising his own ransom for freedom, the film could go outside the confines of the trailer, let's hope not.
While the overriding force of the previous trailer for Buried has been this sole character buried alive, this new trailer does something different, it lets us hear his conversations with the outside world and turns away from the footage of the man stuck in his own coffin. I quite like that tact, it's turning away from the direction that just about every other trailer takes.
This new trailer has a great style to it, it feels rather like a Hitchcock title sequence, making use of what I think are the signal or perhaps battery bars on the phone and stills, but relying solely on the voices. The new poster for the film is even more like a Hitchcock film poster, I wonder if they're trying to tell us something?
I find it very powerful, and I'm really excited to see what Ryan Reynolds can deliver. Interestingly there are a few actors involved in the film, but there's no indication of how much we'll see them on screen and how much we'll be hearing their voices. Personally I would love to see the film without venturing outside of that coffin, but I'm really not sure how they'd manage that.
Chris Sparling wrote the story of a contractor working in Iraq who wakes up after an attack and finds himself buried in a coffin with only his mobile phone and a lighter. Rodrigo Cortés directs the film.
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time - fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.
Here's the trailer for Buried which you can also see over at Yahoo Movies: