September 24th 2010
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 95 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson, José Luis García Pérez, Stephen Tobolowsky, Samantha Mathis, Warner Loughlin, Ivana Miño, Kali Rocha, Chris William Martin, Cade Dundish, Kirk Baily, Anne Lockhart, Robert Clotworthy, Michalla Petersen, Heath Centazzo, Joe Guarneri
  • Director: Rodrigo Cortés
  • Writer: Chris Sparling
  • Producers: Adrián Guerra, Peter Safran
  • Co Producer: Ken Hirsh
  • Associate Producers: Miguel Nadal, Víctor Reyes
  • Executive Producers: Alejandro Miranda, Rodrigo Cortés
  • D.O.P.: Eduard Grau
  • Editor: Rodrigo Cortés
  • Music: Víctor Reyes


Paul (Reynolds) is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some violent content
  • Production Budget: $3 million
  • Production Companies: Versus Entertainment, The Safran Company, Dark Trick Films, Studio 37
  • Production Schedule: July 2009 - August 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "The Spanish indie thriller from director Rodrigo Cortes ("15 Days," "The Contestant") scores a midnight world premiere at Sundance in January where reviews will have a big impact on its release plans. Script reviews paint this as a very dark feature, a film that piles one tragedy on top of another with a believable sense of realism and a fair albeit shocking end - one daring enough that it might be toned down to be more wide appealing.

Though there have been plenty of films and series featuring scenes of someone buried alive from the original "The Vanishing" to Tarantino's "Kill Bill Volume Two" and "CSI" episode, few spend over an hour trapped in a confined space with most of the dialogue taking place over the phone. Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth" did it several years ago and the result was a very strong and enjoyable thriller, can we hope for the same here?"

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 30 September 2010: Denmark
  • 1 October 2010: Finland, Norway, Spain
  • 7 October 2010: Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Singapore
  • 8 October 2010: Italy
  • 14 October 2010: Germany, Malaysia, Russia
  • 3 November 2010: Belgium, France
  • 6 November 2010: Japan
  • 11 November 2010: Netherlands