What if YOU were buried alive?

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  1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 12 years ago

    There's this new film that I really want to see called "Buried."  It's basically about a U.S. Contractor working in Iraq, who gets kidnapped by Iraqis and finds himself buried alive.  Now from what I heard, the entire film takes place within the coffin the whole time.  I know weird, huh?  Most people would ask how the hell do you make a movie about a guy stuck in a damn coffin throughout the whole film, but it's supposed to be pretty good...according to most critics at least.  In the film, the main hero only has a lighter and a cell phone. (yes the cell phone actually works and has bars down there, inside the coffin)

    What i would like to ask you guys is this...what if it was you?  Pretend you got kidnapped and buried alive somewhere that you don't know where you are, and all you have is a lighter and a cell phone.  Yes, your cell phone works down there, as you can call anyone you like.  Therefore what would you do?  Who would you call?

  2. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 12 years ago


  3. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 12 years ago

    i guess nobody has something to add....

  4. alternate poet profile image66
    alternate poetposted 12 years ago

    This too hard - everything would revolve around things happening outside - so inside the coffin you are left to your own thoughts.  I see technical issues with this, if your phone is working anyone can get a fix on you so . . . .

    As a description of the Iraq siuation overall it is an apt metaphor, stuck in a situation that only others can get you out of - but nobody is coming as you should not have been in that place and situation in the first place.

    If I was stuck in a coffin like that I guess I would consider that I will get our or not and so anyway write a novel in my head so as not to waste the time.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
      Stevennix2001posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I agree with you about not being there in the first place, as I don't think it's worth going to Iraq or Afghanistan these days for any amount of money; especially considering the risks involved. 

      Although it sounds like you'd be a lot more calm in that situation than I would, as I would probably try to not only call every fathomable number I could think of, I would also try to break a hole into the coffin in attempt to dig myself out.  Granted, that probably wouldn't work.  But hey, if I'm going to die anyway, I'd rather go out swinging.

  5. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 12 years ago


  6. DevLin profile image59
    DevLinposted 12 years ago

    Never happen. I'm claustrophobic. I'll be dead going into that box. I'd make sure of that.

  7. Ruben Rivera profile image60
    Ruben Riveraposted 12 years ago

    I think I'd be waiting for everything just to end, I hate enclosed tight spaces.

  8. Haunty profile image77
    Hauntyposted 12 years ago

    The guy will have plenty of time to reflect on his life, so I suspect we'll see memories from his past and stuff. I doubt we're going to see the inside of the coffin throughout the whole film.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
      Stevennix2001posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      i don't know.  a lot of film critics say the movie DOES take place in the coffin throughout the entire movie, so i doubt they'd lie to us.  big_smile  However, what would YOU do if that happened to you though?

  9. CMHypno profile image87
    CMHypnoposted 12 years ago

    Wouldn't you just die from lack of oxygen pretty quickly?

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
      Stevennix2001posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      not necessarily in this movie, as the way most critics describe it, the coffin is very big.  so big that it allows for ryan reynolds to move around quite a bit despite the fact that he's buried alive in a coffin.

      1. kirstenblog profile image81
        kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        That is going to have to be one big coffin not to suffocate, I mean real big! We go through a lot of oxygen in a day. With nothing to filter out carbon monixide that he breaths out he is going to get sick and die in short order, no matter the coffin being big enough to pirouette in. Which I doubt for some reason hmm

  10. kirstenblog profile image81
    kirstenblogposted 12 years ago

    I saw this post and I actually thought of the finale for Misfits, a group of ASBO teens doing community service get caught up in a weird storm that leaves them all with super powers. The finale sees the prick of the group (who has not found his super powers yet) falling off a roof and being impaled. No surviving that one. He has a funeral, gets buried and then wakes up! Buried and realises his super power is that he is immortal but buried alive! In his shoes, I would start working the sides of the coffin walls loose, to try to get out sideways and then up. I think it might be possible if you can get the earth to loosen up making it easier to dig out of.

    The guy your talking about is screwed tho, not going to be enough oxygen in that little box to keep him going for very long at all. I guess you try to call for rescue then try not to breath too much otherwise you will suffocate before you get rescued.

  11. kirstenblog profile image81
    kirstenblogposted 12 years ago

    By the way, in my flat in the winter time I have noticed headaches and groogyness that is related to carbon monixide poisning and am very careful to open windows when I can. This is in a flat with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and its not sealed up air tight. In a coffin its going to happen a lot faster then that, even a big coffin. Not like they make ones the size of my flat! Well the Pharaoh might have been able to last a while in his tomb, what with it being bigger then the whole building I live in!

  12. BobbiRant profile image60
    BobbiRantposted 12 years ago

    This is the reason people are embalmed in our modern times.  As recent as Edgar Allen Poe's time, people were often buried alive.  He would have spells and at times would appear dead, so it was one of his biggest fears.  Some of his more eerie writings reflect his fear of being buried alive. Interesting question though.

    1. CMHypno profile image87
      CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      In some parts of Europe they used to put bells next to graves with a cord going into the coffin, so that if the occupant woke up they could ring the bell and get dug up.  Mind you, I wouldn't mind betting that if a bell did ring, anyone in the graveyard would just leg it in terror.

      I would say it was another good argument for being an organ donor - your are definitely dead after they have removed all of your internal organs!

  13. camlo profile image85
    camloposted 12 years ago

    Well, I wouldn't use my lighter, because the fire has to be fed with oxygen, which would be better spent on me. Besides, the cell phone produces light, which I would certainly use to get help. I'm surprised the kidnappers would have left me with my phone, which I believe can be located, which could save my life.
    Until help arrives, I would simply remain very still and calm - which would use up a little less air than if I were to panic - and meditate (not sure I'd really be that cool ... smile )


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