Day #161: The Tunnel (2011)

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The Tunnel (2011)

Synopsis:

[From IMDb:] An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

My take:

The Tunnel takes a true crime documentary-style approach to its filming, interweaving interviews with the survivors with scenes from the footage filmed by the crew’s two cameras while down in the tunnels. I can see why this might not work for some people, since it does take away some of the tension from the film; but, personally, I was a-okay with it, as it added a feeling of ‘authenticity’ to the events depicted in the movie – as if this was something that had really happened, and not just another fictional story.

There are some weaknesses in the plot, but they’re not so bad that they’re all that much of a problem. And, for a low budget movie, I think it manages to do a decent job of handling the creature, minus a couple of seconds of silly and completely unnecessary CGI.

I think the biggest problem for this movie is that it comes on the tails of a number of other big-name/budget found footage movies, which it’s inevitably going to be unfavourably compared to, despite not really trying to aim for the same tone. It’s absolutely true that this is no REC, or The Blair Witch Project – because, despite falling into the same broad genre, there’s little to indicate that it’s trying to be these movies. It’s pretty clear to me that it’s got its own story to tell, and I appreciate that.

There’s a sequel in the works, and I’m looking forward to that coming to fruition. I reckon it’ll be another great addition to the Australian horror movie scene.

BONUS:

Speaking of Australian horror, I watched this short the other night and really enjoyed it. Hopefully you do, too.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/113774594″>The Last Time I Saw Richard</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/nicholasverso”>Nicholas Verso</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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