The new Ryan Reynolds suspense-thriller, Buried, is the little film that could. Shot for a minuscule $2 million in Spain over the course of seventeen days by director Rodrigo Cortés, it tells — in real time — the 94-minute story of how truck driver Paul Conroy (Reynolds) attempts to free himself from a coffin buried underground in Iraq.
The film had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it screened at midnight for a sold-out crowd, part of which had waited six hours in line. Shortly afterward came a flood of reviews and a $3.2 million distribution deal with Lions Gate. Since then, the film has slowly been building momentum with several mysterious promotional trailers and select public screenings at the Deauville American Film Festival in France and the just-wrapped Toronto International Film Festival.
AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff sat down with Reynolds and Cortés in Toronto to discuss how they shot the claustrophobic film. Seven coffins not much longer than Reynolds’s height were used during filming. Lighting them was primarily accomplished by Reynolds with the items he had inside — a lighter, a cell phone, glow sticks, and a flashlight. Reynolds joked that he was also part of the lighting department in addition to his acting role in the film.