When Lionsgate released the first teaser trailer for the Ryan Reynolds one-man thriller Buried in April, some people complained that it didn’t show much. But others argued that it was the perfect tease, a great example of a good teaser trailer. Lionsgate has just released the full length trailer for the film, and it doesn’t show a second of footage from the film.
Why is Lionsgate so scared of showing moviegoers footage from the movie? Are they afraid that once they realize that the whole film takes place in a coffin buried underneath the ground, that they won’t buy a ticket? They have instead constructed a trailer using soundbites from the movie, on top of images that appear to be strung together by one of those guys who puts together the title sequences for television shows.
You might remember that the independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical and audience acclaim, sparking a multi-studio bidding war. The story follows a private contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive. He has 90 minutes of air left until he dies, and has access to only a phone and a lighter. The entire movie takes place in the coffin, with Ryan Reynolds providing the only on screen performance. I attended the film’s premiere at Sundance and was blown away (you can read my review here).
Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.
Buried will be released in select theaters on September 24th 2010 and will expand nationwide on October 8th 2010.