The success of director Rodrigo Cortés's courageous film depends on how long he can keep you caring whether or not Paul makes it out alive. Cortés's insistence to keep the film inside the coffin helps you theorize how you would act in Paul's place. Once you're in Paul's shoes you're invested. It's easy to criticize and doubt the premise of the film. Some people won't give Buried a chance because the premise is too alien. Some just aren't sure if they would like it. Ultimately you face the same dilemma as the film's crew: Are you inclined to see things as problems, or opportunities?