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1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)

Tunnel Rats (original title)
R | | Action, Drama, War | 13 March 2009 (USA)
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During the Vietnam War [1959-1975] a special US combat unit is sent out to hunt and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in a man-to-man combat in the endless tunnels underneath the jungle of Vietnam. Suicide squads of a special kind.

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Uwe Boll

Writers:

Dan Clarke (story) (as Daniel Clarke), Uwe Boll
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Paré ... Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
Wilson Bethel ... Corporal Dan Green
Mitch Eakins ... Private Peter Harris
Erik Eidem ... Private Carl Johnson
Brandon Fobbs ... Private Samuel Graybridge
Jane Le ... Vo Mai
Scott Ly ... Huy Tran
Rocky Marquette ... Private Terence Verano
Garikayi Mutambirwa ... Private Jonathan Porterson
Nate Parker ... Private Jim Lidford
Brad Schmidt ... Sergeant Mike Heaney
Jeffrey Christopher Todd ... Private Bob Miller
John Wynn ... Chien Nguyen
Adrian Collins Adrian Collins ... Private Dean Garraty
Scot Cooper ... Private Joseph Walderson (as Scott Cooper)
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Storyline

During the Vietnam War the U.S. Army brass decides to create a special unit called the Tunnel Rats. Their main mission is to clean-up the Viet-Cong network of tunnels found in the Cu-Chi district outside the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon.The tunnels have become a major nuisance for the U.S. Forces stationed around and inside Saigon. From these tunnels the Viet-Cong can launch devastating and unexpected attacks on any nearby American base as well as on Saigon itself. After the attacks the Viet-Cong forces disappear into the extensive network of tunnels as fast as they appeared, leaving the pursuing Americans empty-handed. The first Tunnel Rats units arrive in the Cu-Chi district in 1968 and they are special-trained to fight hand-to-hand combats underground. They can only rely on a flashlight, a knife and a pistol to try to flush the enemy out. The tunnels, varying in size and length, are booby-trapped with mines and grenades, punji sticks, tripwires, poisonous snakes and enemy ... Written by nufs68

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Hell Is For Heroes

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | Germany

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,402
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Bandage missing from Vietnamese girl's right wrist right after the underground bunker was destroyed by bombing. See more »

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The unrated, uncut version runs 96 minutes, four minutes longer than the R-rated USA release, which contains much more extended graphic violence and some extended scenes. See more »

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Rats, No Cheese
5 February 2010 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

If you're looking for an intricate plot, look elsewhere. If you're looking for feel-good, shoot-em-up action, look elsewhere. If you're looking for the latest sugar-pill rom-com with Sandra Bullock, why are you even reading this? In Uwe Boll's stunning "Tunnel Rats," the increasingly interesting (but still no less maligned) German director has made what essentially amounts to a chronicle of the madness of war told in a confined, claustrophobic, and frighteningly intimate way. The concept and plot (a platoon of American soldiers uncovering underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong to stage ambushes) are one and the same; and the metaphors paralleling confined spaces to the erosion of sanity are strong--hysteria is very viscerally believable here. While the character introductions and subsequent dialogs may strike notes of familiarity to the seasoned connoisseur of cinematic warfare, it's the unfamiliarity of the cast (with Boll regular Michael Pare being the only 'name' actor present) that makes it all stick; the lack of name actors only heightens the suspense, especially after they've earned our sympathy. To see these young men trapped in confined, booby-trapped spaces (with nothing but a revolver and a flashlight) is the stuff of nightmares, even more so than "The Descent" a few years back. The film maintains a bleak, free-form nihilism throughout, its plot (much like the war it's invoking) a jagged sequence of events rather than a simple matter of connect-the-dots conflict resolution. Tough, hypnotic, and refreshingly free of contrived stylistic symbolism, "Tunnel Rats" could very well be Uwe Boll's masterpiece.

7.5 out of 10


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