Paul Conroy, an American truck driver in Iraq, is kidnapped and buried in a coffin and wakes up with a lighter and mobile phone and the resolve to fight for his freedom. He is held to ransom and has to fight his fears, bureaucratic telephone personnel and his captors every step of the way.
This film is set entirely in the coffin and the intermittent light source, frustrating phone calls with various government agencies and scrabble to free himself makes for one claustrophobic and chilling film. The premise (being buried alive) is extremely scary and the political angle, whilst slightly cliché, adds another angle to the film that would be missing from a straight forward kidnap thriller.
Ryna Reynolds is very good as Conroy and you feel his frustrations and fears along with him. It is sad when he rings various family members and either gets through or reaches their answer machines. It is very difficult to make a film of this type engaging the whole way through and whilst some elements are a little far fetched, overall this is a gripping story. It is acted and directed well and make for just over 90 minutes engaging viewing. Worth a viewing at some point.
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