Latest 'man-in-a-box' tale is suffocated by poor direction Discuss this article

A sure sign that the well of ideas has reached the watery muck at the bottom: multiple movies whose protagonists spend the entire running time inside a box. Where Ryan Reynolds was clapped in a pine box for Buried, this film’s star, Stephen Dorff, awakes in the trunk of a car – or rather, he comes to in a Plexiglas container placed within said trunk, presumably to seal in freshness.

Primarily a TV director, Gabe Torres lacks the chops to delineate Dorff’s claustrophobic quarters, and the actor spends most of the movie confusing tough-guy stoicism with simple inertness, despite the occasional Jack Bauer-style yell. His desire for escape is understandable, trapped as he is in a thesis-short gimmick padded to feature length and capped by a risibly contrived twist. Sam Adams

By Time Out staff
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  • Duration: 92
  • Released: Thu, 14 Jun
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Gabe Torres
  • Stars: Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh, JR Bourne, Tom Berenger, Kali Rocha, King Orba, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Sammy Sheik, Kent Shocknek

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