It's interesting to reflect that Ryan Reynolds built his career largely on comedic work, since he gave one of last year's most harrowing big-screen performances in director Rodrigo Cortes' drama about an American contractee kidnapped and buried alive in Iraq.
Any viewer is guaranteed to feel the character's claustrophobia as he struggles to keep his wits in his way-too-compact prison, with a lighter and a cell phone his only available tools for survival. Samantha Mathis is among the members of the voice cast, but this is Reynolds' show, and his impact here is undeniable. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times