If you want to see just one film that shows you what to do – whether it be in directing, acting, or even scriptwriting – then watch BURIED (2010, dir. Rodrigo Cortés).
The film revolves around Iraq-based American civilian truck driver Paul Conroy (Reynolds), who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin, with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks, pen and a mobile phone to help him escape before the oxygen in the coffin runs out.
It’s an amazingly powerful and emotive film, and is able to maintain suspense with only one character and a wooden box.
If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now.