No. of Recommendations: 1

Ryan Reynolds is a non-combatant truck driver during the War in Iraq, who wakes after an attack to find himself in a coffin, buried underground, with nothing but a lighter, a flashlight, a knife, and a cellphone.

This one sunk beneath the waves when it came out recently, but I found it compelling. Reynolds struggles to cope, to hold down the panic, to make an escape. Several times the screen is completely black, and all we hear is his labored breathing and his cramped struggles. I would expect in the theater this would be more claustrophobic than watching it at home.

There are elements of anti-war criticism, bureaucratic ass-covering, and politics-as-usual that, unfortunately, aren't fleshed out enough to bring satisfaction. One reviewer suggests that there are all sorts of hidden clues, even in something as innocuous as a character's name, to enlighten the story, but they zinged over my head.

Still, definitely not a stinker.
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