2000s Tunnel Rats (2008)

Published on August 21st, 2009 | by Chris

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Tunnel Rats (2008)

Movie by:
Uwe Boll

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Rating:
3
On August 21, 2009
Last modified:October 3, 2012

Summary:

As a Vietnam-Action movie, Tunnel Rats is right there. The underground scenes are just brutal, scary, and just as I imagined they would be. With no place to go but forward or back, these guys had to literally come face to face with whatever they found down there, and often went in.... and never came out again.

Tunnel Rats (2008)During the Vietnam War, the Tunnel Rats (Wikipedia Link) were tasked with infiltrating the enemy's vast network of underground tunnels and hideouts.  Not a job for just anyone.  In Uwe Boll's Tunnel Rats, we get a glimpse at what it might have been like to have that job.

Just a glimpse, though.  Let's just get it right out in the open.  As a Vietnam-Action movie, Tunnel Rats is right there.  The underground scenes are just brutal, scary, and just as I imagined they would be.  With no place to go but forward or back, these guys had to literally come face to face with whatever they found down there, and often went in.... and never came out again.

But there are a lot of problems with the movie that unfortunately overshadow everything else.  To start, I can't remember a single name of any of the characters.  I realized this near the end, when I was thinking, "WTF was this guy's name again?"  Kind of hard to get behind a character when you can't remember his name.  I'm sure they were all mentioned, but it must not have been enough.

The other bit, which I still don't quite understand, is how the entire firebase raid scene played into the overall plot.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but to me that all happened rather suddenly, and for no particular reason.  It just didn't fit.  It didn't help that the above ground scenes during this part of the movie felt rushed, and corny.

But as I said, the parts of the movie following the guys as they raid the tunnels are the bright points (or dark points, depending on how you want to look at it.)  If you need a reason to see Tunnel Rats, this should be it.  Although the final tunnel scene seemed a little too "let's be friends now, mmKay?" for my tastes.  Again, came out of nowhere....

As for the picture/audio quality, I watched Tunnel Rats via NetFlix's Instant Watch on my Roku box, so I wasn't getting the full DVD resolution or audio.  It was excellent for the medium, but I don't really think I was missing all that much.

Despite how much I liked the tunnel bits, I have to give Tunnel Rats a 5/10.  See it for those parts, and forget the rest, along with the characters' names!

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Description

In this no-holds-barred, action-packed portrayal of the Vietnam War, a special US combat unit is on a mission to hunt down Viet Cong soldiers in the endless tunnels beneath the jungles of Vietnam.

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Brand: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Vivendi Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Michael Paré

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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3.0 out of 5 stars A tunnel Rat of the 25th. Infantry Division remarks, December 30, 2012
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I) The structure of the military elements were a little off. Some of the sceen structure was not what we as infantry in Vietnam would have constructed, ie: the base camp would never had been constructed in a dense jungle enviroment.
The tunnel sceens were quit accurate in construction. But never would all of one unit been killed off in a tunnel complex. Nor would some of the laclusture for safety been ignored. Tooo much Rambo in the acting.
2) The action effects were awesome. I would like to have been an advisor to some points in the film (I was a Tunnel Rat for the 25th Div.) The film potrayed Tunnel Rats in a good and depressed manor. We wern't heros or Rambo, just guys doing an unwanted job that seemed exciting at the time. I think most of us were stupid and took unecessary risks because of our youth and inexperience in life. The film potryed that as well. Good job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average for Uwe, August 16, 2010
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First of all, this is NOT one of dear Uwe's video game movies. He released a promotional title to go along with it, but this was one of his original ideas. This shows, because like most of his 'originals', it's a good premise with poor execution. Really, calling it, 'bad', is almost pointless, because unless otherwise noted, one can just assume and Uwe movie is bad. The question? Is it entertaining?

First, this is one of Boll's earlier experiment with the 'Improvisation Method'. This is a film-making technique where a plot outline and character outline is given to each actor, and they improvise all dialogue. In some Boll movies like 'Rampage', this works very well. In '1968: Tunnel Rats'? Not so much. Michael Pare is very good for a B-list actor, and he pulls it off. Almost everyone else however, is a stuttering mess.

The action is decent as far as Uwe's movies go, but it's very sub-par if you don't know what to expect. If action or story is what you're going in... Read more
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can any John Wynn movie be all bad?, June 20, 2010
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I think a whole lot of people are wrong about this movie. The Vietnam War was a lot like this movie, a fragmented, messy experience that ended badly for almost everyone involved. Americans weren't quite as bad or stupid as depicted here, nor the Vietcong as smart or as good, but the point is very real....nobody wins!
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Tunnel Rats (2008) Chris

Summary: As a Vietnam-Action movie, Tunnel Rats is right there. The underground scenes are just brutal, scary, and just as I imagined they would be. With no place to go but forward or back, these guys had to literally come face to face with whatever they found down there, and often went in.... and never came out again.

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