Tunnel (2017)

Cast: Jung-Woo Ha, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su
Director: Kim Seong-Hun
Studio: Well Go USA (Korean) [5/2/17]
Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color
Audio: Korean DD 5.1 THX\
Subtitles: English
Length: 127 min.
Rating: ****

The loneliness and entrapment for 37 days under the debris and chaos outside is well-illustrated in this thriller of an unthinkable disaster film when a new tunnel in Korea collapses and a second one is being blasted nearby. It stars an actor from the recently-review Handmaiden, and has a heart-pounding race against the clock finale section.

The man’s cell phone becomes his only link to the outside world, and at first he thinks he will be rescued that day. Eventually the battery dies and he has only the Kai radio to listen to. Someone participating in the rescue is accidentally killed, and the wife is eventually pushed into regarding her husband as dead and stopping the rescue work. The Jung-soo character must fight for his survival in the claustrophobic darkness, and the death of a young girl in a nearby car does not make it easier for him. This is very pertinent considering the news on the air of the Hanford Tunnel collapse.

—John Sunier

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