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Mole (2001)

Legend has it that some of the oldest surviving homeless communities in New York City have been hidden from the public view for decades in the underground tunnels of Manhattan. Many ... See full summary »
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John-Luke Montias ... Nick Murphy
Sam Tsao Sam Tsao ... Susan Pei
James Cox James Cox ... Tom Stranton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Glover Conrad Glover ... Jake
Martin Gray Martin Gray ... 'Marty' Mole
Tarik Kanne Tarik Kanne ... Ping Pong
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Legend has it that some of the oldest surviving homeless communities in New York City have been hidden from the public view for decades in the underground tunnels of Manhattan. Many homeless dwell in continual darkness along tunnels miles long and yet manage to survive. What happens to someone who lives in such a dark and dreary dwelling? Well, Reporter Susan Pei plans to find out with the help of her friend and cameraman, Nick Murphy. As she ventures to investigate this story to impress her boss, she enlists the assistance of Tom Stranton, a local transit tunnel expert she finds on the internet. However, after he makes a miscalculation they find themselves lost underneath one of the biggest cities in the world. As they try to find a way out, they are in a terrifying struggle with the dark, with themselves and with mysterious underground dwellers that do not want them there. Written by Richard Mauro <richfilm@yahoo.com>

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A fun, exiting flick.
5 March 2003 | by ohmynervesSee all my reviews

Considering this film was shot underneath New York City in real abandoned subway tunnels, it's an eye opener from the get go. It kept my interest throughout the story and I really liked the opening sequence which sucks you right in. It's here you get a great sense of the NYC underground as never seen before. The story is about Susan Pei a news reporter trying to impress her boss by exploring the underground for a news story about the homeless. She convinces a cameraman at the station, Nick, and Tom a guy who claims to know the tunnels to go down there and get the story. However, as they enter the vast underground things start to go wrong, leaving the characters in the dark with dying flashlights. As they struggle to find a way out before their flashlights die out the greater problem emerges that they are being followed by someone or worse something that lives in the tunnels.

This movie creeps up on you if you watch it at night. The scenes get darker and darker until the characters are practically on top of each other trying to find a way out and avoid the hidden entity. It becomes so claustrophobic at times I found myself having the same anxieties the characters were experiencing. The filmmakers of `Mole' should really be commended for their ability to create such a compelling story on such a low budget. It defines the filmmaker's commitment to independent movie making. I was really surprised how this little film managed to keep sucking me in deeper and deeper as the story progressed. I would have loved to see what they could have done with a real big budget but I guess I might not have been the same type of film. Maybe it was its independent, rugged, style that charmed me but I really enjoyed it for what it was. And I recommend watching this film to the end because the moralistic twist is something we haven't seen in a long time in market saturated with monster movies that amount to nothing redeeming.


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15 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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