Movie Monday – Tunnel (2016)

Starring: Ha Jeong Woo as Jung Soo, Bae Doo Na as Se Hyeon, Oh Dal Su as Dae Kyung, Jeong Seok-yong as Chief Cho, Sin Jeong-geun as Group head Kang, and Nam Ji-hyeon as Mi-na

Rating: PG-13, some colorful language

Running Time: 126 min

Twinkies: 4 1/2 dirt covered stars

Synopsis: Jung-soo is an ordinary car dealer on his way home with a birthday cake for his daughter when the tunnel he is driving through collapses on him. Minutes later, he realizes that he is completely caught in between the debris. Outside, the news spread that he is trapped creating a media frenzy. Even with the emergency response team working diligently to rescue him and as it becomes a national concern, the question arises on how much time should be spent to save one man?

Musings: There are three things that came out of watching this movie: My fear for tunnels will now overshadow my sitting on bridges in traffic fear; I want the phone that Jung Soo had which lasts 17 days with only 82% battery charge; and third, where can I buy a Kia?! That’s right folks, its all about survival and this movie really gives you a lot of tips to do as well as emergency items to carry in your car at all times.

But seriously folks, this was a great cast and mighty decent movie. I was wondering how the movie would hold my interest considering it is just over 2 hours long. I was pleasantly surprised how entertained I was during the whole time as you watch Jung Soo experience the collapse, survive in the tunnel, and his subsequent mental breakdown when he realized that his rescue wasn’t going to happen after 17 days just as the battery in his magnificent phone finally ran out. I liked how the filming of the movie was such that as you sat in the dark of the theater, you felt the walls closing around you as if you too were in that tunnel. Ha Jeong Woo did an awesome job of making you laugh as well as cry while you watched his journey to live on even when he didn’t know whether they were still going to come and save him.

Bae Doo Na as Jung Soo’s wife, Se Hyeon also did an excellent job. As a woman who didn’t know if her husband would survive, you saw her suffer the consequences of the rescue attempts, fight to keep her husband alive when even he wanted to give up and also make the worse decision of her life that a person has to make to give up on saving him when the government officials came looking for her to end rescue attempts.

I also liked that you saw two sides of the media: the ones willing to drain a trapped man’s phone battery for their news story and a classical music station willing to use their air time to send messages of encouragement and news to a man trapped underground. One other thing the movie explores is the question of how much should be done to save one man? The question of man’s humanity to man is definitely top in one’s mind while watching this movie. Begs the question “How much is enough to you?”

Last but not least was a great supporting cast that consisted of Oh Dal Su, Jeong Seok-yong, and many cameos of other great actors that totally added to the story as well as the movie overall. This movie is still at the theaters. I highly recommend it; it is worth the price of admission. And if anyone has seen it let me know one thing: What happened to Tengje?

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is in theaters now. It will be sometime before it is released to DVD.

I’m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! If you have a suggestion for a future review, just leave me a comment! I’m always happy to have movie suggestions.

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