Taking a relatively simple concept like a movie about a guy in a coffin and turning it into something truly special is no easy feat. From the outside, it sounds tedious, boring and like something I've already seen a million times in Kill Bill 2, Bones, CSI, Alias and a whole host of other movies and shows. But somehow, through a combination of a great script, brilliant directing, tight editing and good acting, Buried is honestly one of the best thrillers I've ever seen.
Claustrophobia is a commonly used tool in a movie director's bag of tricks. Even when the plot doesn't specifically feature tight spaces, the walls of any room can be made to seem like they're pressing in on the film's characters. So when you actually have a plot that revolves around being locked in a wooden box six feet underground, things can get a little hairy, for both the character and the viewer. Buried has the guts to put Ryan Reynolds in a box for the majority of the film, and as such it may hold the claustrophobia crown, but here are some other movies we wouldn't recommend to those who prefer wide-open spaces.