Tunnel (2016)

7.1/10 by 19 users

A man is on his way home when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped.

Original Title:터널
Release Date:August 10, 2016
Genres:Drama, Thriller
Production Company:Showbox/Mediaplex
Production Countries:South Korea
Director:Kim Seong-hoon
Casts:, , , , ,
Plot Keywords:disaster, korean movie, trapped underground
  • Not the best title, but a decent movie
    September 20, 2016
    Tunnel is a movie that I wish had a stronger directorial vision behind it. The concept of someone being trapped under a pile of rubble and rocks for two hours may sound like a daunting challenge - more than 'may', it is. To hold our attention and to mount suspense and create a connection to that character (especially if we don't know him, or her, super well before-hand) when it is a one-person show is difficult. Major pros like Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away) or Danny Boyle (127 Hours) can get to the nitty gritty by a) having a tremendous actor to anchor it, and b) to have some very distinctive settings or moments that let us out of the place we're stuck with the characters at (in one case a deserted island, in another trapped also by rocks). Put these two things together and you may have a vision of solitude and simple goddamn survival that can keep the audience's attention.
    In Tunnel, it's an OKAY type of that movie, but its first half gets bogged down through some comedy (yes, comedy, or what can come close to it here), and a side story where our main character, Jung-Soo (Ha Jung-Woo), already caught after driving through a tunnel that collapses all over the car, discovers a woman is trapped in her car (along with a very cute pug). It does add some humanity to the character, showing his kindness over little things like how to space out water, but she also doesn't last in the story very long and her impact on the outside world