Buried Alive (1990) **
D: Frank Darabont
C: Tim Matheson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Atherton, Hoyt Axton, Jay Gerber, Wayne Grace, Donald Hotton, Brian Libby, Peg Shirley, David Youse
Plot Synopsis: Clint is an every day working man whose wife Joanna is having an affair with a doctor. They plot to kill him and get the insurance money. Only trouble the drug overdose they give him doesn't kill him. Lucky for Clint he's buried in a cheap wooden box and he unburies himself. Just remember, Hell hath no fury like a man buried alive!
Review: Buried Alive is like a crossword puzzle, once you figure out where the pieces go, it has nothing left to offer.
The story involves a man's wife who attempts to murder him so that she can cash out his bank accounts and run off with her scheming lover. There's just one problem. She doesn't see things through and, as a result, her loving husband survives the whole ordeal, despite being declared legally dead. Hubby escapes his makeshift coffin and returns home to exact revenge.
Judging from the film's title, it's pretty safe to assume that hubby is going to attempt to bury his wife alive in the same style that she tried to kill him. Guess what happens from there? The rest is pretty easy to figure out.
Playing the adulterous wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh brings edge to her role. Frank Darabont, the director behind such films as The Mist and The Shawshank Redemption, brings visual flair to the proceedings. It's all for naught.
Buried Alive is done in by sheer predictability. With the credentials of the people involved in this production, it's a shame that their efforts weren't put forth in something more substantial. [PG-13] 93 minutes.
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