Buried [2010]

An even more suspenseful counterpart to 127 Hours, although Buried is much more brazenly entertaining. One of the best 2010 films to slip under the radar, Buried starts off with some cool credits set to a Hitchcockian score (director Rodrigo Cortés cited Hitchcock as a main influence in the making of this film), and features a hell of a performance by Ryan Reynolds. We share his immense frustration as he deals with the increasingly stupid/useless people he talks to on the phone, as if being buried alive weren’t a huge problem already. Buried is as engrossing as it is exasperating. Its utterly depressing finale will certainly please haters of the ‘fairy-tale happy ending’.