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Tunnel Rats (2008)

Michael Paré , Uwe Boll  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Paré
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ULAUF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tunnel Rats" on IMDb

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In this no-holds-barred, action-packed portrayal of the Vietnam War, a special US combat unit is on a mission to hunt down Viet Cong soldiers in the endless tunnels beneath the jungles of Vietnam.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Viet Nam war at below ground zero . . . August 21, 2010
In 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008), director Uwe Boll shines a light on a facet of the Viet Nam conflict that is not generally recognized, the tunnel systems in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, Viet Nam, and the "tunnel rats", soldiers whose mission was to investigate tunnels, and clear them of any enemy personnel. Though actual conditions were much worse, the film does a reasonably good job of conveying some sense of what this terrifying duty may have involved. Taking you into close fitting tunnels, where soldiers with just a flashlight, a knife, and a pistol, face the possibility of horrific death deep underground.

Tunnel systems apparently began in Viet Nam in the 1940's, and became more sophisticated, after the Americans arrived and the conflict intensified. The complex tunnels at Cu Chi, were used by the Viet Cong as places of refuge, and also by the civilian populace, as places to live. Following circuitous routes, tunnels systems could be very complicated, and were often booby trapped. Large caverns where people could stand upright were also constructed. Usually deep below the surface, these spaces served as living areas, medical treatment areas, and even schools. 1968 Tunnel Rats features some of these aspects, but really provides just a tip of an iceberg's view, of how elaborate some of these systems really were.

The bulk of the action takes place during a single day, as a squad of tunnel rats is deployed from their jungle basecamp, and finds a tunnel opening while on patrol. The squad proceeds to investigate, and very shortly encounters a strong enemy presence, when a soldier is graphically skewered with a bamboo pole. After being attacked by the enemy, what remains of the squad takes refuge in the tunnels.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Veterans are the toughest customers for war films. The military teaches attention to detail, and therefore we're very picky about that when it comes to movies made about our profession. After watching it I skimmed the credits and found no mention of a military advisor being used for this film(but then that was pretty obvious).

There were many things wrong with the American soldiers' uniforms and gear(name tapes of a type I've never seen, 30 round M16 mags when the only issued were 20 round mags, incorrect web gear, incorrect rucksacks, incorrect rank, the list goes on). The VC seemed to be carrying chinese AK's chambered in 5.56(judging by the magazine shape(which is very wrong, it would have been 7x39 AK's) and generally they didn't wear helmets. I don't think the film maker understood the distinction between VC and NVA.

Then comes the fighting. That the Americans keep sending soldiers in the tunnel few by few until they're all dead makes no sense. Neither does the fact that the soldiers at the tunnel entrence pulled no outward security(instead sat smoking cigarettes and talking). I doubt very much that I'd want to jump into a VC tunnel rather than fight it out above ground. The fight at the patrol base was the most ridiculous part. The base seemed to be a random collection of tents scattered in the middle of the jungle in a horrendously undefensible arrangement. Then when the attack came the Americans basically ran around and flailed their arms while the VC massacred them. I also liked that the lueitenant(who was way to old to be that rank) called in an airstrike that didn't start dropping bombs until later that night(it would probably happen within 10-15 minutes).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel Rats January 27, 2011
By Barry
I did a year with the Air Cav in 1966-67. I've seen most Vietnam movies. The Tunnel Rats is without doubt the worst of the lot. I can only assume no one connected with the production ever set foot in country, read a book about Vietnam, watched a movie about Vietnam nor did any research into the war - even the basic technical details of their above ground base camp were completely wrong and looked more like a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin.

The major tunnel systems began in Cambodia and Laos; the networks extended for 100's of kilometers and you certainly didn't crawl the entire distance. Some systems were so well developed there were roads complete with mechanical workshops, hospitals, barracks and substantial warehouses. While there were limited numbers of small "neighborhood" tunnel systems as depicted in this movie the majority were similar to those shown in the movie We Were Soldiers.

This movie sucked!!!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a UB hater, just a tedious and bad film June 30, 2009
I do not jump on the bandwagon either way on Uwe's work, if there is a good film I will review it accordingly. Simply, this was a painfully tedious tunnel film, beginning to end. Will try cover in this two sections: film and features.

As far as the film goes, there was an earnest attempt at recreating the tunnels, jungle isolation and military equipment. The tedious amount of character discussion leading up to the tunnel infiltration can be a killer (32 minutes of it before the first lid is popped), then you have to stomach over 48 minutes of crawling, digging, repetitively bad writing and a non-existent command structure. There are several outdoor battle scenes quite reminiscent of Predator in the amount of M-60s being swung around one-handed, with believability made even more absent as soldiers stand by as they are blown up by their own planes (for a couple minutes mind you - I figure they should have run after the 1st bomb, or maybe the 20th, but anyway...).

The special features contain some nice tidbits for Uwe fans. There is a 14 minute interview of Uwe stating his reasons why the US lost the war in Vietnam and why the film exists. A 10 minute making-of details the thinking and locations of this film (the tunnels were actually all on a stage - not in the jungle as stated by another reviewer here). The best material comes in the form of Uwe and the other actors admitting there was no script - they all wrote their own parts and winged the whole thing. 6 minutes of rightfully deleted scenes rounds out the last feature.

A couple more things - Uwe states that the soldiers are "responsible for the war" and on more than one occasion stands by his questionable feeling that the main reason the US lost the war was because of the tunnels only...hmmm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy
Would not play on DVD. Tried several
Published 2 months ago by Richard E. Swofford
2.0 out of 5 stars ehh ok but not like the book
not what I expected ends like a real life death story. the book was 100% better then this I was surprised it didn't have a better storyline
Published 5 months ago by carson brawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares an cold sweats
I am a Viet Nam vet and this movie spooked me out. Had to watch it in parts. I always wondered what would motivate a man to crawl into a hole in the ground and do battle in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding dvd
one of the best dvd I have watch it tell you what war is really like/plus the perspective of both side of people trying to win a no win war........
Published 14 months ago by steven owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of how it really was
Parts are very accurate - minus the smells, vibrations, feel of the soil, roots, water, and blood in one's hands. No movie can covey those things. Excellent film.
Published 18 months ago by charles bays
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad experience
The Movie is not what i hate, I had to send it back because it would not play on any player and I tried them all from blu ray to regular DVD to X-box . Read more
Published 20 months ago by bongo
5.0 out of 5 stars tunnel rats. dvd
My dad was a tunnel rat in vietnam. I wanted to know what kinds of things he went thru. This movie opened up my eyes to the horrors of what those brave men encountered . Read more
Published 21 months ago by terry
3.0 out of 5 stars A tunnel Rat of the 25th. Infantry Division remarks
I) The structure of the military elements were a little off. Some of the sceen structure was not what we as infantry in Vietnam would have constructed, ie: the base camp would... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maj. J. KILNS
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but bad
I ordered this dvd for my ROTC class. It was a term project, and I have to say that I was pleased that the dvd came very quickly which helped me get my project done earlier. Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by missvenita
2.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel Rats misses its target...
Tunnel Rats is a Vietnam war film by Uwe Boll. I'm not an Uwe Boll hater, but this film just doesn't hit the target. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Jonathan
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