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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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
Brand: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Vivendi Entertainment
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Actors:
  • Michael Paré

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  • Genre: Action/Adventure
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When someone who watched Platoon decided to make a Vietnam film, May 14, 2010
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Veterans are the toughest customers for war films. The military teaches attention to detail, and therefore we're very picky about that when it comes to movies made about our profession. After watching it I skimmed the credits and found no mention of a military advisor being used for this film(but then that was pretty obvious).

There were many things wrong with the American soldiers' uniforms and gear(name tapes of a type I've never seen, 30 round M16 mags when the only issued were 20 round mags, incorrect web gear, incorrect rucksacks, incorrect rank, the list goes on). The VC seemed to be carrying chinese AK's chambered in 5.56(judging by the magazine shape(which is very wrong, it would have been 7x39 AK's) and generally they didn't wear helmets. I don't think the film maker understood the distinction between VC and NVA.

Then comes the fighting. That the Americans keep sending soldiers in the tunnel few by few until they're all dead makes no sense. Neither... Read more
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Viet Nam war at below ground zero . . ., August 21, 2010
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In 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008), director Uwe Boll shines a light on a facet of the Viet Nam conflict that is not generally recognized, the tunnel systems in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, Viet Nam, and the "tunnel rats", soldiers whose mission was to investigate tunnels, and clear them of any enemy personnel. Though actual conditions were much worse, the film does a reasonably good job of conveying some sense of what this terrifying duty may have involved. Taking you into close fitting tunnels, where soldiers with just a flashlight, a knife, and a pistol, face the possibility of horrific death deep underground.

Tunnel systems apparently began in Viet Nam in the 1940's, and became more sophisticated, after the Americans arrived and the conflict intensified. The complex tunnels at Cu Chi, were used by the Viet Cong as places of refuge, and also by the civilian populace, as places to live. Following circuitous routes, tunnels systems could be very complicated, and were often... Read more
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel Rats, January 27, 2011
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Barry (Woodstock, Illinois United States) - See all my reviews
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I did a year with the Air Cav in 1966-67. I've seen most Vietnam movies. The Tunnel Rats is without doubt the worst of the lot. I can only assume no one connected with the production ever set foot in country, read a book about Vietnam, watched a movie about Vietnam nor did any research into the war - even the basic technical details of their above ground base camp were completely wrong and looked more like a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin.

The major tunnel systems began in Cambodia and Laos; the networks extended for 100's of kilometers and you certainly didn't crawl the entire distance. Some systems were so well developed there were roads complete with mechanical workshops, hospitals, barracks and substantial warehouses. While there were limited numbers of small "neighborhood" tunnel systems as depicted in this movie the majority were similar to those shown in the movie We Were Soldiers.

This movie sucked!!!
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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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