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2.0 out of 5 stars good in places but finally looses its way, 27 May 2007
This review is from: The Bunker [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
And so the cross pollination of movie genres continues apace with yet another entry into the war/horror subgenre (as if war in and of itself is not horrific enough) in the shape of the Bunker, a film that mines a similar vein to the likes of R Point or Michael Mann's The Keep.

It is 1944, and the allies have landed at Normandy, with the German army in full retreat. Along the French/Dutch border, a group of seven German soldiers, desperately trying to elude an unseen enemy (the Americans maybe?), happen across a bunker manned by two fellow soldiers, an old man, and a young lad. Taking refuge in the bunker, the tensions of the group and their situation soon begin to take its toll on all concerned as guilt, fear and recriminations abound. On top of all this, the bunker hides a secret, as we are soon informed that the something is lurking in tunnels below the bunker, something not altogether human. That the bunker is built on the sight of a medieval massacre only serves to unsettle things even more. Pretty soon, the enemy outside is forgotten as the enemy within begins to make its presence felt.

A cast of familiar faces (including Charley Boorman, Jack Davenport, Andrew Tiernan and Jason Fleyming as Cpl Baumann, the closest thing to a hero this film has) make a good go of the material, and director Rob Green handles the mounting tension between the soldiers with an initial deft hand, leaving things unseen and unsaid that only serve to build the tension, but unfortunately after such a promising start, the film falls down somewhat in the closing stages, as a combination of madness, duty and loyalty take their toll on the men, and a guilty secret that may well be the real source of all the horror is revealed. Unfortunately, it feels as if we have been watching a puzzle for the preceding two thirds of the movie, and suddenly we are confronted with the fact that some of the pieces are missing. Several plot points are either forgotten about or discarded altogether in the final half hour, and the film seems to fizzle out as a result. Plenty of potential then, but ultimately fails to make a coherant whole.
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