Before I start my review, it is worth pointing out that The Tunnel comes to our screens via "The 135K Project". A company that is intent on changing the way movies are available to downloading criminals (I mean the public). You see, you can legally download The Tunnel for FREE and even in HD!!. In fact it is being released simultaneously on peer-to-peer, cable television, cinema and DVD and whilst this is not an entirely new concept (Steven Soderbergh released his 2005 film Bubble simultaneously on cable, DVD and in theaters), as far as I know it is a first for an Australian feature (add to that the fact that it is free!)
But of course the question remains.... is it any good?
Well actually, yes!
Primarly taking place in the subway tunnels under Sydney, The Tunnel takes us on a retrospective documentary style journey with a news crew who suspect the government of hiding something from the public regarding its plan to create new water recylcing plants in the old tunnel system (a true story in fact). Present are reporter Natasha (Bel Deliá), cameraman Steve (Steve Davis), sound guy "Tangles" (Luke Arnold) and editor and story director Peter (Andy Rodoreda). The foursome illegally enter the tunnel system to uncover the truth about rumors of homeless peoeple disappearing in their depths, they get more than they bargained for.
The film is certainly very atmospheric and makes use of a variety of sources for its material (from YouTube to Survelliance cameras) although it is primarliy told from the 2 cameras the crew are carrying with them. My main issue with the film is that we are not really treated to anything that hasn't been done before in countless other horror or "found footage"films. Still, this shouldn't distract you from checking it out. All the other aspects are in fine form. The acting is solid, the story, whilst a little cliche is interesting and the general look and feel of the film is great. With the Australian film industry starting to get back into genre films The Tunnel is a most worthy addition and one that will hopefully create not only a whole new wave of films, but a whole new business model for distribution as well!
To download The Tunnel for free simply click here or you can check out the trailer below to see if it will be your cup'o'tea.
*UPDATE* A limited edition Blu-ray release of the Aussie horror flick The Tunnel was released in 2012! You can check the details by visiting their website!
*UPDATE 2 - Feb 2013*
Looks like a sequel is in the works: The Tunnel: Dead End - will post more details as they become available!