Published on July 10th, 2008 | by Chris0
Reviews of “1968 Tunnel Rats” Trickling In…
The initial reviews of Uwe Boll’s 1968 Tunnel Rats are starting to roll in, and the initial reaction seems to be pretty positive, despite what everyone seems to think of Boll.(!) This one is from Variety.
Though dialogue (purportedly largely improvised) is not a primary element, Boll’s screenplay takes some pains to show sympathetic and fanatical types on both sides, notably in the character of a young Viet Cong mother (Jane Le) who clearly doesn’t relish having to kill the enemy.
This war is hell, natch. But unlike most Vietnam flashbacks, “Tunnel Rats” sports nary a whiff of moral judgment regarding U.S. involvement in the conflict. Instead, its focus lies strictly on the visceral horror of above-ground and underground combat. Sole occasion when that approach slips into overenthusiastic horror-movie gore sees a sword sliding through a neck as if the latter were margarine-filled.
Perfs are solid, tech/design aspects excellent apart from Jessica de Rooij’s somewhat pedestrian score. Standout is the widescreen lensing by Boll’s usual d.p., Mathias Neumann. Verdant jungle environs of South Africa stood in for Vietnam.
I’m still trying to figure out when average schmoe’s like me will be able to see it! I can’t seem to find any useful information on actual release dates or anything!