Tunnel Rats (2009) - Unrated Director's Cut

Genre(s): War
Other || Unrated - 96 minutes - $26.99 || June 30, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-07-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Uwe Boll
Writer(s): Uwe Boll (screenplay), Dan Clarke (story)
Cast: Michael Pare, Adrian Collins, Scott Cooper, Mitch Eakins, Erik Eidem, Brandon Fobbs


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Interview
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

I was joking around with Brian (aka The Movieman) earlier prior and I started off by saying ďhey I finally saw a Uwe Boll movie that didnít suck.Ē So yes, for the first time (Well, I sort of liked Bloodrayne...) in the history of me saying what Iím about to say; Tunnel Rats was actually a tolerable film.

So due to the fact that the page I normally look at for my movie listings of the characters and actors and such sucks for this flick, Iím just going to tell you what the movies about. Itís a war film people, names donít matter.

The year is 1968, and the Vietnam War is happening. Soldiers are in the jungles trying to stop the Vietnamese, but they keep getting pushed back since they are on enemy territory. The sergeant chooses to raid the tunnels that the Vietnamese are using in an attempt to stop the pushing that is happening, but every time he sends a soldier down there to flush the enemy out he is abruptly killed off. So his next plan after losing five soldiers? Send more down there. Thatís where the main group of soldiers comes in from the film, as two of them are sent down there to stop the tunnel rats.

In true war-film fashion, the first soldier is quickly killed off and the other escapes by dropping a bomb in the tunnel and quickly getting the heck out of there. The bomb goes off, killing two of the Vietnamese in the tunnel, and as two more soldiers go down to clear out the tunnel they realize itís a dead end. But we know itís not, as there are far more tunnels than the Americans know about, and on their way up one is killed with a knife through his neck and the other is thought to have been killed by a grenade. We also know that not to be true, since he wakes up a few minutes later after his team gets ambushed on top of the tunnel entrance. Itís up to the few remaining soldiers to stop the Vietnamese in the tunnel and hopefully turn the war around.

As much as I try to describe the movie in an entertaining fashion, itís hard to. It takes a good thirty minutes until the film actually begins and gets to the fighting and killing. The first half is dedicated to learning more about the soldiers back stories and their lives, even though that doesnít matter since almost everyone gets killed off soon after, thus eliminating any chance of a development of any of them. I donít even remember their names being mentioned more than one time each in the movie, although that once again doesnít matter since it is a war flick after all.

Of course though, after the first dreary half the movie does pick up and become enjoyable, as the characters go deeper into the tunnels and find out more about the Vietnamese, but thatís about it. Thereís nothing else really going on here in terms of story, theyíre just trying to kill the people in the tunnels, thatís it. I know, it doesnít sound like itís the best, but it is honestly tolerable and I found this one to be somewhat enjoyable, which shocks me to type believe me.

Uwe Boll, you made a decent movie. Stop while youíre ahead.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Uwe Boll: Boll talks, talks, and keeps talking throughout this solo track. Heís conversational but not that entertaining in the long run, but if you found the movie to be enjoying in the slightest then I would suggest you take a listen to this track if you get some free time. **NOTE** This is accessible from the Audio Set-Up menu, not the special features menu.

Interview with Uwe Boll (14 minutes): This is basically a Q&A session with Boll, as the questions are displayed on screen then he answers them. You can learn a lot about the film and the direction that it went from this interview, but other than that, not much in terms of entertainment value is going to be found here.

Behind the Scenes (10 minutes): The cast and crew give some information about the shooting of the movie and how it was made. Not the best BTS feature Iíve ever watched, but its tolerable if you found the flick to be entertaining.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): These amount to absolutely zilch, and are a waste of time so just skip these.

Finally the filmís trailer can be seen.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Even though itís a straight-to-DVD flick, this one doesnít look too bad. Colors arenít the best though, as the cast doesnít look how they should even in the jungle area. Flesh tones are horrible for the most part, as they seemed to change color as the movie progressed, and they went from being slightly pale to tan in a few scene changes. Contrast wasnít that much of an issue, except in the tunnels towards the end of the film and the grain levels over-powered the video quality. Itís not a bad release, but just not something to show off your television with by any means.

I was expecting as a war flick for the audio to be great, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 track underwhelms in every sense of the word. Surround use is rather limited, and even during the last half of the film when the action actually picks up, it still wasnít used properly. My sub was always on, but I never heard anything ďboomĒ out of it the entire movie. Even when there should have been loud, vibrant noises, I heard zilch in terms of quality from this track. Dialogue however is fine although it is a tad bit low.



.::OVERALL::.

Yeah, I canít believe Iím typing this, but I strongly suggest a rental for this one. The story isnít the best and the characters arenít developed what so ever, but itís still a compelling-enough story to keep someone interested in for the run time. The video and audio though are just average, and the special features arenít the best either. This is one rat to take a visit to see, just be sure to throw it back to the tunnel when youíre done. That means rental.