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Buried

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Buried

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
94 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/24/10
performer:
Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Tobolowsky
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C+

In Buried, Mark Billingham’s sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom, no-leads kidnapping. When the snatching spawns a double murder, the body count-loving Thorne perks up and blows through two other related — and dizzingly tangled — cases in a matter of days. Chugging through unnecessary back story about London police bureaucracy, this hard-boiled tale stumbles along at first, haphazardly changing narrators. Billingham’s more personal, less technical parts — such as details of the victim’s plight (”like a stillborn baby in a big man’s coffin”) and a clumsy, tense romance for Thorne — prop up an otherwise confusing crime drama. C+

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