Tunnel Rats (film)
|1968 Tunnel Rats|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Uwe Boll|
|Produced by||Uwe Boll
|Written by||Uwe Boll|
|Story by||Daniel Clarke|
Jeffrey Christopher Todd
|Music by||Jessica de Rooij|
|Editing by||Karen Porter|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Tunnel Rats, also known as 1968 Tunnel Rats, is a 2008 war film directed by Uwe Boll. The film is based on the factual duties of tunnel rats during the Vietnam War. In a documentary for the film, Boll revealed the film did not have a script, instead the actors are improvising their lines.
Although a box office failure, Tunnel Rats was met with positive reviews.
A group of elite US Army soldiers, trained in underground warfare, arrive at base camp in the jungle of Vietnam. The soldiers spend the first day and night getting to know each other. The next morning they begin to explore the Viet Cong's underground tunnel network at Củ Chi. Armed with nothing more than bayonets, pistols, grenades and flashlights, the US soldiers take to the tunnels, where they begin to encounter dangers including primitive but lethal boobytraps (punji sticks, grenades rigged with tripwire, etc.) and roving Viet Cong. Meanwhile on the surface the Viet Cong also attack the base. As things escalate above and below the ground, soldiers for both sides are pushed to the limits of their humanity. In the end, everyone in the film is killed by either the Viet Cong or U.S soldiers, or by the airstrike ordered by the mortally wounded officer when it seemed all had been lost, killing all the survivors of the battle.
- Michael Paré as Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
- Nate Parker as Private Jim Lidford
- Jane Le as Vo Mai
- Erik Eidem as Private Carl Johnson
- Rocky Marquette as Private Terence Verano
- Jeffrey Christopher Todd as Private Bob Miller
- Brandon Fobbs as Private Samuel Graybridge
- John Wynn as Chien Nguyen
- Wilson Bethel as Corporal Dan Green
- Scott Cooper as Private Joseph Walderson
1968 Tunnel Rats was a box-office failure, earning less than $36,000 in ticket sales. The film's budget was $8 million.
Despite this, 1968 Tunnel Rats received generally positive reviews from critics, making it one of Uwe Boll's most critically successful films to date. Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid gave the film 3/4 stars and wrote "If Boll had made this film in 1986, he might have won an Oscar and become the next Oliver Stone!" Bill Gibron of Filmcritic.com gave the film 3.5/5 stars, calling it "very good -- and that's amazing, considering who's receiving said accolade."