Tunnels rats was an extremely tense film that made me jump and cringe in equal measure. Jump as traps were sprung in pitch black tunnels, and cringe as the traps took their terrible, gory, toll. In the end, it's a wonder anyone managed to survive the real life tunnels in vietnam to pass on the horror stories on which this film is based.
Although not a true story, all the events in the film did actually happened. The characters and were made up, but their stories weren't. Everything you see in the film that happens in the tunnels, happened to someone in real life at some point. A nasty thought.
Tunnel rats follows a special unit of the American army, tasked with clearing these warren-like tunnels, and life expectancy in this real life unit was 1 to 2 weeks. It was a certain death sentence more or less, and this film shows us exactly why. The film is aptly named as these poor guys really were like rats trapped in a maze, being picked off at will through a series of crude but deadly traps and clever tunnel architecture.
The film doesn't just concentrate on the American perspective though, and the hell they had to endure down these holes. It shows the war, events and life in the tunnels from the perspective of the Viet Cong too. This was a nice touch and made for and tense ending.
I don't want to talk too much about the film really or give too much away. And in fact there isn't really much to give away as it centres around the team clearing one stretch of tunnels no more than 3 foot wide (but who knows how long as they stretched for miles) - but the system proves to be more than a handful for everyone involved.
This film was a nice little surprise. A hidden gem I'd heard nothing about before. In the end 1968 Tunnel Rats (to give it its full title) turned out to be a unique and tense film about a well known aspect of the Vietnam war that, oddly, has never been covered before.
This is all the more strange when you consider that the tunnels were the main reason the vietnam war proved impossible for America to win. This film portrays exactly why that was with frightening and graphic realism. A good film and a must see if you're a fan of war film. overall I'd give it about 7.5 or 8 out of 10.Read more ›