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Tunnel Rats [DVD]

Michael Pare , Uwe Boll    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Pare
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D40U8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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During the Vietnam War 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.

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Tunnel Rats [DVD]

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly no "Hamburger Hill" 7 Jan 2009
I had high hopes for this movie, and although it kept me entertained, it wasnt as good as I hoped.
The story revolves around a group of soldiers, nicknamed the "Tunnel Rats".
Their job is to enter the vast network of tunnels dug by the Vietcong and clear them out.

Due to the subject of the film, much is filmed as though underground and therefore very dark. This often annoys me on films, and this is no exception. The dark scenes often lack enough tension to pull them off, although there a few moments that draw you back in.

This film isnt one for the weak stomached. Not as gory as some war films, but still has some moments that will turn you green. As mentioned, the research in this film must have been last on the list. The uniforms arent right, the weapons handling leaves some to be desired and the general feel of the film is a bit lazy.

I wont give the ending away, but just to say I dont recall seeing a war film with an ending like this one. Lets just say there is no chance of a sequel!

To summerise. A decent enough watch, but I wouldnt rush out to watch again, plot is very basic, acting is ok but no stand out characters.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but flawed film 2 April 2010
This is a Canadian film made by a German director filmed in South Africa concerning tunnel operations conducted by the 25th (US) Infantry division during the Vietnam war in Cu Chi province in 1968.

The film raises early on the usual Vietnam war film issue about "the new guy(s)" with liberal values coming into conflict with the reality of war when he/they join(s) a "tunnel rat" unit fighting the brutal subterranean war waged in the Cu Chi tunnel system. However this is not a film which considers whether the Vietnam War was right or wrong, but rather it deals with the narrower issue of whom on either side of the tunnel war would survive it.

As to the military aspects of the film, in so far as the film deals with the concept of underground operations in the Cu Chi tunnel system "the director gets it." The booby traps, punji stick traps, pit falls, water traps, rats, hand to hand fighting, danger of tunnel collapse etc in the tunnels are all portrayed.

In so far as the film attempts to portray iconic Vietnam War airmobility tactics or Vietnam War infantry jungle tactics generally, he does n't. For example, the director portrays a single unarmed Huey carrying replacement troops flying below hill-top level without top cover from a "slick," a "hog" or other air frame while it was being over-watched by the enemy and a forward operating base set in the jungle/bush without any clear perimeter, or a clear field of fire and with jungle cover up to the doors of every tent, sangar and bunker -with foreseeable consequences. Better military history or military tactical research prior to the commencement of filming would have been of benefit in this area.

The actors and actresses in the film are mostly unknown-which is all to the good in this case.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is 24 Dec 2009
I think the 1/5 score is not as true reflection of the movie. I would advise that reading The Tunnels of Cu Chi: A Remarkable Story of War. before wathcing this film doing so would put it in a whole different context. The film is not up there with the classics like Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Hamburger Hill and the reason is this film focuses solely on tunnel warfare. Where the films mentioned above have the freedom to cover all aspects of the war. Tunnel Rats has suspense and mindless violence but that is what the Vietnam War was all about. Good film recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cronic! 12 Jan 2012
The cover of this DVD gives a clue as to what's contained in this film - stereotypical melodrama and factual inaccuracies... Blackhawk helicopters in 1968?! The film starts with the typical melodramatic cliches of Vietnam; arguing, fighting, whining, crying then moves on, incredibly slowly and with no apparent direction or plot development, to a bunch of amateur re-enactors wandering about the jungle like they're strolling around the War and Peace show. Their skills and drills are as appalling as their acting; firing an M60 one handed like Arnie?! Come off it, it takes 2 hands to lift the thing for a start! This film goes from bad to worse and I got bored and very annoyed with it. The ham acting was lame and the action scenes were straight out of a comic book. All it needed was someone shouting, "Aieeeee, death to the yankee imperialists!" and the whole awful piece of junk would have been complete.

Complete waste of time and money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a good opportunity wasted ..... 7 Jan 2009
i was hoping that this movie would live up to its promise as advertised ,it failed miserably , DO NOT BELIEVE THE BUMF on the cover of this dvd , which actually states that it is up there with platoon , apocalypse now etc , it is not good enough to wipe the boots of those movies . This movie could and should have been a testament to the men of both sides who fought in and around places such as cu chi , known for the extensive tunnel complexes built there by the vietcong , and the terrible warfare which raged in and around these tunnel complexes , it fails terribly and was for me such a poor storyline .Please dont do what i do and waste your money , if you really want to see a good vietnam war movie then spend your money on APOCALYPSE NOW , HAMBURGER HILL , or the oliver stone trilogy of vietnam movies like the classic full on vietnam war movie PLATOON and the two more story/drama related vietnam movies BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY and the great HEAVEN SENT , all these movies are good quality viewing on the subject ,or even the christian bale movie RESCUE DAWN is well worth a watch .... such a good idea wasted ....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This movie seemed more like a military themed survival horror, than accurate description of the times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the low reviews
This film is excellent, I have no idea why Michael Pare was cast in it, but what the h**** does that really matter? Read more
Published 1 month ago by MissionBill
1.0 out of 5 stars c class movie
This is a great story told very badly. I'm sure the budget was minimal but even so the movie lacked story, context and reality. really a disappointing waste of time!
Published 1 month ago by John Melville
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute dross
I bought this as I have been a fan of this genre since Apocalypse Now first came out.There are some classics,Platoon,Full Metal Jacket,and of course Apocalypse Now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dan Gleebitz
1.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel Rats, more like a waste of rats(rations)
What a waste of time. I consider this film an insult to my bottom that had to develop carbuncles while I sat watching it. Slow pace, poor script even worse acting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BlackDog661
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Story
The concept of an underground war is in itself interesting but the film does not develop the story. The presentation of the subject matter is little more than an exaggerated... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scrimboblik
3.0 out of 5 stars Ewe Boll is getting better.
I agree with several of the reviewers that this is a very mixed-up production,hence only 3 stars.
I suspect that had Boll made this earlier in his career it would have been... Read more
Published 11 months ago by robert stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, sad and very sad
What a sad but true story. The tunnels are still there in Vietnam and visitors can go down to see it. It is not for the faint hearted and for the claustrophobic like myself.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Rylla Dragan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all Uwe Boll films are bad
My only disappointment with this DVD is that it's cropped from 2.35:1 to 1.78:1 aspect ratio. But the film is very very good - and very violent. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trevor C
1.0 out of 5 stars gift
l got this as a gift for a mate so l have not seen it but he says it was good
Published 13 months ago by robert cuthbert
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