Buried (2010)

body horrorno
violence toward animalsno
Bechdel-Wallace testfailed
Mako Morifailed
X was the real YIt turns out American Imperialism was the real monster.

This isn't strictly a horror movie, but it's hard to imagine a person being buried alive as anything but terrifying.

Conceptually, I really liked this movie. Carrying a movie with no visible supporting actors/actresses is difficult enough and I think Reynolds was able to do it while being stuck, almost unmoving, in the same location the whole time. I'm willing to forgive a lot in this because this movie is so daring.

I don't think this movie was great, but it was enjoyable and certainly unique. I didn't find Reynold's character especially likeable, but I empathized with him and thought Reynolds did a good job. I was happy that the his character's role wasn't treated uncritically, and that his abductors weren't treated as pure villains. That said, I think I would have preferred that a movie with such an explicitly political of a setting had more to say politically.

It seemed like the movie had more to say about corporatism than imperialism. Perhaps that is unfair though. Maybe it's enough to focus on the idea that Reynolds views his actions as apolitical. Reynolds' character is a victim of socioeconomic circumstances and finds himself in a situation where the only (or at least, the 'only') solution is to take part in an American imperialist war. The question of how responsible he is for the invasion is, perhaps, more interesting than any answer. But I don't know if that's true for people who aren't already critical of the war.