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The Tunnel (Unrated)

Release Date: April 29th,2005 (NYC-Quad Cinema), by Avatar Films.
The Cast: Heino Ferch, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sebastian Koch.

Basic Premise: In 1961, German prisoners attempt to escape their prison and save lives by digging a tunnel before the Berlin Wall is built.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This film is filled with a good combination of action, tension, and suspense. It is a pleasure to root for the good guys because they are always smart, strong, and courageous. The scenes when the dig the tunnel and try to hide are exceptionally riveting. The cinematography is very good because it makes one feel as if they were watching these events unfold right in front of their eyes. There is a lot of violence, but it is necessary and appropriate. Despite its running time of 157 minutes, it breezes by very quickly.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Many scenes are very moving because the characters are drawn out to be very realistic and distinguishable. Fortunately, this is not just an action movie. The character development helps one to care about the good guys--to sob when they sob and cheer when the cheer. The last third of the film is particularly moving and difficult, although it becomes slightly predictable. What also helps make this film resonating and emotionally powerful is that it is based on actual historical events.


NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: I forgot I even had a watch.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A riveting, moving film with realistic characters and wonderful cinematography. A true nail-biter!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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