The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
The Video Vacuum

1968: TUNNEL RATS (2008) **

As you all know, I’ve been going through the film works of Oliver Stone, a man who is most famously known for his movies about Vietnam.  I thought it would be a nice change of pace to see the Vietnam War through the eyes of another respected auteur.  That man is Uwe (House of the Dead) Boll.  Although people give Boll a lot of shit, his Vietnam movie 1968:  Tunnel Rats isn’t nearly as bad as you’d expect.


The flick follows the exploits of a platoon of soldiers led by Michael Pare (a veteran of many a Boll film) who find an elaborate tunnel system used by the Viet Cong.  Pare orders his men into the tunnels to flush the enemy out.  Naturally, the VC know the tunnels like the back of their hand and have several booby traps, ambushes, and other surprises ready for the doomed soldiers.


1968:  Tunnel Rats is far from Uwe Boll’s worst, although that isn’t saying much.  The acting is strictly high school drama class and the ending pretty much sucks.  I will give this to Boll:  Some of the war scenes are very well done.  Boll also makes the tunnels themselves seem kinda menacing and gives these scenes a moderate sense of claustrophobia.  The gore is also adequate as we get a broken spine, a stick through the neck, and an assortment of juicy stabbings and shootings. 


Bottom Line:  No one is going to mistake 1968:  Tunnel Rats for Platoon, but if you MUST see every single Uwe Boll movie out there; this one will go down smoother than most.


AKA:  Tunnel Rats.

Tags: action, n, uwe boll
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