Film ‘Buried’ Poster Analysis


This is one of posters from the film BURIED. There are lots of information we can analyze from this image.

People barely can see a man who wears T- shirt and lies down in a dark place. He holds a lighter and the fire constrainedly lights up his face and chest. there is a woody wall behind him, and the place he lies in is surrounded by darkness.

Obviously he is buried in the deep ground and it is a mystery of where he is or where he can be. Sand might connote that he is buried in a desert. he is still alive and can use lighter, it may means he lies in a box. The space in that box is not enough for him to move because he can even open his arms and the lighter can not light up the upper place. It may means that he is in a narrow and limited woody coffin.

Things which are closer to the fire are clearer to see, so it might shows how important of that fire is when the man stays in this kind of situation, and it may connotes hope and expectancy. A narrow and limited coffin indicates non-free feature, loneliness and helplessness. Being buried in the ground or desert might shows despair and how hopeless that man is. Also it is easy to see that the coffin is made by woods, and there are few cracks on those woods, so sand might comes in the coffin and it connotes the dangerous situation.

The film name which is BURIED is slightly higher than the man’s body. All letters are all using capital and SansSerif font and these letters are corroded by sand except letter I, because letter I is replaced by fire, as i said at the beginning the fire means hope. Those rest of letters could be his lifeline, and his life will be over when they are all completely corroded by sand. There are some slogans which are on the top of the poster. Size of letters is quite small. “DEEP DESERT”, “LACK OF OXYGEN” and “NO WAY OUT” these information clearly shows again how depressive and oppressive that man is.

Last thing people might notice is that the main actor of this film is Ryan Reynolds. His name which on the poster is painted by red color, it looks like quite scary and dangerous. I quite like this film poster because it really shows that how depressive this man is and what terrible surroundings and situation he stays with by using those dark and black colors and I feel so suffocating when I looking at this poster. I believe that it is a successful film poster.


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