Last night I saw a film called "Buried" about this blue collar truck driver
hired as a private contractor in Iraq who gets buried alive for ransom by insurgents
and ends up for pretty much the whole movie [spoiler!] stuck in a coffin-sized
This is entertainment? It was like spending
the night in my apartment.
Then I started to notice some other recent
movies with similar premises. Like "Devil," in which a bunch of people get trapped
in a stalled elevator with Satan. Or the upcoming "127 Hours," based on a true story, in which
a hiker gets pinned under a rock and must ponder desperate measures to escape.
last one sounds a little like last year's "The Canyon,"
in which a yuppie couple suffer a
similar fate. Other recent films along these lines include "Frozen,"
in which some teenagers are stranded on
a ski lift, or "Open Water"
from a few years back, in which a couple are accidentally abandoned in the
ocean while on a tourist scuba diving
This is not escapism. This is no-escapism.
Why would people pay money to see something like this?
But then I saw another movie this afternoon,
a documentary by Charles Ferguson called "Inside Job,"
which goes over, yet again, how the economy went in the shitter over the past
couple of years, this time explaining it in terms that even I could understand.
And about how all the people responsible for this travesty were not only not
punished, but are being rewarded with bonuses adding up to billions of dollars.
And worst of all, are still in charge of the system that they so royally fucked
Talk about no escape. Compared to what these
bastards are doing to the country, and to the world, the guy in "Buried"
actually gets off pretty easily.