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Director: Uwe Boll
Screenplay: Uwe Boll, Dan Clarke
Cast: Michael Paré, Nate Parker, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Erik Eidem, Rocky Marquette, Brandon Fobbs, Mitch Eakins
Producers: Uwe Boll, Dan Clarke, Chris Roland, Jonathan Shore, Shawn Williamson
Distributor: Uwe Boll
The year is 1967. American troops are being decimated in the jungle of the Cu Chi district of Vietnam. Despite their superior technology, the Americans are struggling as the Viet Cong have developed the uncanny ability to blend into the surrounding terrain. Snipers appear from nowhere and vanish as if they were never there. The key to the Viet Cong success is a vast array of tunnels spread out underneath the jungle. But now, a tunnel entrance has been discovered and a group of new recruits learn that their mission will be to confront the enemy in these horrifying deathtraps.
Brutally honest, TUNNEL RATS is one of those films that take you right into the heart of a conflict. And at the helm is none other than the notorious Uwe Boll, the pugnacious, prolific German who brought us both BLOODRAYNE and POSTAL. Fairly or unfairly tarred as a supreme hack by many in the film world, Boll confirms a suspicion with the powerful, poignant TUNNEL RATS—that, given the right material and intentions, he’s a remarkable cinematic craftsman. Filming in South Africa to bypass the censorship that a shoot in Vietnam would have entailed, Boll hired young, upcoming L.A. actors who were willing to endure a military boot camp, and the result is stunning. The cast turns in genuinely emotional performances, alternately funny and moving. The photography conveys both the beauty and the eeriness of the surroundings. Sometimes horrific, sometimes poetic, this is one of the most realistic depictions of the war—its savagery, its terrible cost, its devastating pointlessness—ever put on film.