Category Thriller , Drama
Year: 2010
Time: 95 minutes
Production: Versus Entertainment
Director: Rodrigo Cortes
Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, José Luis García Pérez
Our Rating 4/10 - Credit for trying something different
Watchability 2/10 - You'd probably rather be stuck in a box yourself
Contributed by Jordan Taylor
Tag-line Paul Conroy Isn't Ready To Die.

Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a truck driver working in Iraq to deliver supplies, when his convoy was ambushed by insurgents. The other drivers were killed, but Paul was beaten unconscious, dropped in a wild-west style coffin and buried somewhere in the desert.  With just a lighter and his cellphone he must figure out a way to get out, and get help, before his oxygen runs out...

So, how does it end?

Good luck if you watch this on DVD and take a break - the scene chapter thumbnails don't help too much!

Ok, so Paul keeps panicking and writing down numbers on the coffin lid.  Dan Brenner the Aussie SAS-style hero is no help at all.  Paul was told not to take the video, but when he is shown footage of a girl he knows taken hostage he panics and uses the camera phone.

He soon gets a call from Stephen Tobolowsky, head of his truck firm, who tells him that he has been terminated for fraternising with a fellow worker, which Paul denies, and he was effectively sacked that morning - so they won't pay the ransom from their insurance premiums.

Angry that no one has paid yet, Jabir (the nasty Arab guy on the phone), sends an MMS with footage of the female hostage shot in the head. Paul is devastated and considers killing himself.

Soon there's a snake (which looks like a Black Mamba) which somehow crawls down his T-shirt - and then down his trouser leg. Paul burns it with the lighter and it escapes back out the side of the coffin, which he then blocks up.  So, it's clearly not buried that deep then.

Suddenly Paul can hear explosions above ground - and sand starts to enter the coffin from the broken lid. Usually this would be the chance to get out - he doesn't even need to do that Kill Bill inspired one-inch punch to break the boards now.

Paul tries to phone Jabir, but can't get through. He reaches Dan Brenner, and hears that F16s have bombed the area - so surely they know where he is. With Jabir dead, Paul fears that he can not be found. He phones his answering machine again, and his mum who suffers from dementia, to say his goodbyes.

Soon he hears again from Jabir. He's alive!  He wants footage of Paul chopping off his finger now, and he won't harm his family in the US - even though Jabir is clearly in Iraq.  Paul calls Brenner, and he tells them they are on the case.

With the coffin filling up with sand, Paul cuts off his finger and sends the video.  He soon gets a call from Brenner - they've picked up an insurgent who is going to lead them to the coffin. They'll be there in 3 minutes - Paul just needs to hang on.

Almost out of room Paul receives a call - it's Brenner - they're almost there! They're digging him up now - he hears they're about to open the coffin .... and then "Oh no - it's Mark White. I'm so sorry". It's the other hostage, the one Brenner lied and said had got away.

Paul is left to die.

He should have just watched that Kill Bill scene to break out of the coffin. They said it wasn't buried deep. Wuss.

Actually this is important -- if you get this out on DVD or Blu-Ray there's about 3 minutes of nothing but a black screen and silence at the opening of the movie.  Angry that the disc was scratched/stuck I was just about to get up and sort it out (assuming that no commercial movie would have such a long amount of dead space, even if trying to 'set the scene') ... and then finally you hear his muffled voice.  So, save yourself the effort - or just skip that bit.  Can't imagine this being a big hit at the cinema with kids munching popcorn and slurping on Sprite all around to distract you.  At least it had a zero budget so the Producers wouldn't mind it being a better hit on DVD.

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