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Movie Review – The Tunnel

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Like Mike
Like Mike

Being a film maker myself, I’ve always got my ear to the ground for news coming out of the industry. Be it the big breaking news stories from the world of Hollywood, or the news coming out of my own New Zealand industry, I’ve always got a keen interest in what’s happening. Even more so at the moment as I currently have my 2nd feature film in post production and my mind is often drifting towards how I want to get it out into the market place - in the cinemas, on DVD, overseas, VOD and the new uncharted territory of online sales such as iTunes and other such services. When I heard that a group of Ozzie film makers went out and crowd funded their film by selling a frame of their finished film for $1 a piece, with 135,000 frames up for grabs and were going to release it for free online as a torrent download, I knew I had to know more. So, when they were in town for only the 4th big screen showing of the film and a Q an A afterwards, I had to be there!

“An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.”

Now, I’ll say this, the film itself isn’t as interesting as the way in which they have made it and are looking to release it. But, sometimes, and I mean only sometimes, what’s more important with a film is the story behind it rather than the film. The story is the tried and true concept of a creature living underneath a city, but it just never paid off the way I thought it should have. In fact, when talking with my brother about it after the film, we came up with a great twist that would have made the film step up from the fairly average idea. However, even though I was a bit bored and never had any jumps or scares from it, I still think horror fans will get a kick out of it and I really hope it finds a market out there, be it from free downloads or from a more normal release strategy down the road. May 19th 2011 is when it hits the torrents and I look forward to hearing the buzz online.

6.5 out of 10 from me. 

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