Picks and Pans Review: Buried Alive
updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In a predictable but pleasing suspense film, Jennifer Jason Leigh is a woman bored beyond bearing by the bucolic life that her loving husband (Tim Matheson) has provided for them. William Atherton, who can give even Christopher Walken a run for it when it comes to playing creepy, is the doctor who promises to take Leigh away to Beverly Hills to "sip margaritas by the pool." He also provides her—from his personal aquarium—a deadly fish toxin that simulates a heart attack in her unsuspecting mate. Hoyt Axton is the town's good ol' boy sheriff and Masterson's fishing buddy.
I won't give away any more of the plot than the title already does, but suffice it to say there are a couple of varieties of comeuppance in the offing.