Filled with stunning fjords and steep, snow-capped mountains, Norway relies on hundreds of tunnels to connect its hinterland communities to the rest of the country. As essential as they are, these tunnels - according to the opening headlines of "The Tunnel's" - are also sites of potential devastation A collision within these cavernous pathways could unleash a domino effect of raging fires, chaos and survival panic as blinding black smoke threatens to suffocate those struggling to suffocate.find a way out.
Surprise, surprise. This is precisely what happens in the mythical but sufficiently disturbing thriller from director Pal Oie, the unofficial third in a series of popular Norwegian disaster films with explicit titles (namely "the wave" and its sequel. , quake ”).
The crisis unfolds through multiple perspectives - a family of four trapped inside the tunnel; an obnoxious businessman who, by chance, avoids the accident; a traffic controller guiding the rescue efforts from a distance. Most of the film, however, follows a beefy firefighter, Stein (Thorbjorn Harr), whose feisty teenage daughter Elise (Ylva Fuglerud) finds herself in peril after defiantly hopping on a charter bus bound for Oslo. for the lidays. Stein and his team of rescuers sont out of their depth facing a hell of several kilometers. Nonetheless, the news of Elise's whereabouts sends her fearless father to the rescue.
The human dimension is painfully cliche, and Goose 's awkward orchestration of intersecting individual stories flattens the film's overall momentum. However, it manages to create moments of genuine suspense and heartbreaking claustrophobia with its simple premise and contained action on a small scale. "The Tunnel " isn't a bad time, but it's not terribly memorable either - a shame given the familiar nervousness of driving through such long, dark passages.
Not rated. In Norwegian, with subtitles. Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes. In theaters and on Apple TV , FandangoNow and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please see guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before watching movies in theaters.