Review: Tunnel Rats (2008)

I want to take you to a Vietnam that may not have ever existed!

Screenplay By: Uwe Boll
Directed By: Uwe Boll

You may be thinking to yourself, “Why Bill? Why are you reviewing another Uwe Boll film when there are so many great films that you have yet to get to?” The answer to that is simple, and if you know me, you know what I am about to say, I love the work of Uwe Boll. He has one movie in particular that transcends the “so bad it’s good” moniker and is so bad that it is legitimately a great film. He also has one movie in Postal, that I have yet to see, that is supposedly good in an, ummm, good way. I won’t harp on this every time I review a Boll film, but I will review them because I believe he does something that is sorely missing from film today, he makes terrible films that are terrible in the best possible way. I get a huge kick out of watching his movies, and Tunnel Rats was no exception.

There’s no need for me to go too in depth about Tunnel Rats, it is what you think it is. If you want bad dialogue, suffocating camera work, hilariously awful meta moments and some of the worst acting you will ever see in a film then you can’t go wrong with Tunnel Rats. I’m not going to delve into any of those realms for this review, but I will touch on possibly my favorite “Fuck, Boll is insane,” passing thought. At some point it began to occur to me that Boll didn’t bother to do any actual research on the Vietnam conflict. His research consisted of watching Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Rescue Dawn and The Descent and then saying, “Screw all this good shit, we need inept American soldiers randomly shooting at shit and Asians who have two lines in the entire film.” The fact that Boll has the audacity to make a film so fraudulent about such a monumental event in modern history is a testament to his awesomeness and the awesomeness found in the terrible work that is Tunnel Rats.

That’s all I have to say really, there isn’t much need for a wrap up paragraph. Tunnel Rats is awful, but it’s awful in the best way. If you enjoy movies so bad that they are good then Tunnel Rats will be enjoyable for you. It is lesser Boll, but still good Boll, and you can never get enough of the good Boll, and with that I bid you adieu.




4 responses to “Review: Tunnel Rats (2008)

  1. Wow Bill. For all of your insanity about Boll. I have to say that you make a very valid case. While I think he’s a crap director. To his credit, he is quite imaginative and very entertaining for all of its shit. I bet he can teach Michael Bay a thing or two of how to direct humor.

    For whatever disagreements we have. I respect you. I’m doubtful that I will return to the forum. At least I can have your reviews to keep myself busy so thanks.

  2. Thanks dude, I don’t know what was behind your departure, but it’s cool to have you here.

  3. You’re welcome. Well, I’m sure you and I have issues with FLY and he hasn’t made the forum a fun place to be.

    I’m currently going through some emotional and psychological issues that I’m sorting out. Even with thoughts of suicide that has often come at me over the years. Part of me wants to do it but a large part of me doesn’t. FLY’s comments about it was the final straw for me and I had enough. I decided that it wasn’t the right place for me. Clovis’ defense of FLY’s persona really pissed me off and I don’t want to do anything with either of them.

    I’m also going through a lot of existential stuff since I just turned 29 last month and have felt like I haven’t done a thing. I’m still doing film and music reviews at Epinions. I’m just taking my time to figure out what I really want to do.

    Look forward to what you do next and if there’s anyone who thinks that “Avatar” is a great film. I’m that person.

  4. Sorry to hear about all of that, there isn’t much that I can say that won’t sound empty or patronizing in some way, but that’s the nature of the beast when dealing with such weighty stuff. I’ll still tell you to hopefully take your time and sort all of it out though, things will pick up and will get better, that’s the way life is supposed to work at least. 🙂

    I hear ya about FLY, I’ve been ignoring him at FS for a long time now, but I’ve let it be known how much I really dislike him, I would actually even go so far as to say hate and I’m such an easygoing guy that I’ve only ever hated a handful of people in my life. It doesn’t seem however like the powers that be ever plan on doing anything about him and that’s why after my recent mini-sabbatical, I was trying to figure some stuff out myself, I found myself not enjoying my return to the forums. It used to be fun and full of informed opinions and joking comments, now it’s two or three posts of that nature until FLY swoops in and ends a discussion by saying something stupid or out there because he wants to troll and knows he can get away with it.

    Who knows, maybe he’ll leave or something will be done, but until that happens I find myself enjoying the forums less and less and spending less and less time there.

    Still, I’m glad you found your way over here and you know I always value your take on any film, even moreso on any film I happen to have written about. 🙂

    P.S.: We are in agreement about Avatar, so, so much fun and simply mind blowing at times.

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