Not for anyone faint of heart, claustrophobic or dissatisfied with their wireless phone carrier, this horror-thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés is set inside a wood coffin buried somewhere in Iraq. Think Tarantino's Texas funeral segment in Kill Bill: Vol. 2
stretched over 95 minutes. Trapped inside is Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), a KBR-type civilian contractor who last remembers his convoy being attacked by insurgents. A mobile phone provided by the captors becomes the audience's window into Conroy's background and how his kidnapping becomes an international incident, beginning with incredulous 911 and FBI operators before giving way to a predictable, repugnant heap of corporate, military and political damage control ... all without ever leaving that coffin. But the movie's brilliance too often gives way to partisan pandering over the Iraq War, and its frantic final act assumes the identity of another Saw
sequel. Still, Cortés maintains a taut air throughout, and Reynolds essentially puts on an emotionally intense one-man show.