Full of breathtaking fjords and steep, snow-capped mountains, Norway depends on a whole lot of tunnels to attach its hinterland communities to the remainder of the nation. Important as they’re, these tunnels — per “The Tunnel’s” foreboding opening titles — are additionally websites of potential devastation. A collision inside these cavernous pathways may set off a domino impact of raging fires, chaos and survivalist panic as blinding black smoke threatens to asphyxiate these struggling to discover a means out.
Shock, shock. That is exactly what occurs within the director Pal Oie’s formulaic, however sufficiently diverting thriller, the unofficial third in a string of common catastrophe motion pictures from Norway with self-explanatory titles (i.e. “The Wave” and its sequel, “The Quake”).
The disaster unfolds through a number of views — a household of 4 trapped contained in the tunnel; an obnoxious businessman who, by likelihood, avoids the accident; a visitors controller remotely guiding rescue efforts. The majority of the movie, nevertheless, follows a burly firefighter, Stein (Thorbjorn Harr), whose feisty teenage daughter, Elise (Ylva Fuglerud), finds herself in peril after defiantly hopping on an Oslo-bound constitution bus for the vacations. Stein and his crew of rescuers are out of their depth in opposition to the miles-long hellhole. However, information of Elise’s whereabouts sends her intrepid father to the rescue.
The human dimension is painfully cliché, and Oie’s clunky orchestration of intersecting particular person tales flattens the movie’s total momentum. It does, nevertheless, handle to eke out moments of real suspense and harrowing claustrophobia with its easy premise and contained, small-scale motion. “The Tunnel” isn’t a foul time, but it surely’s additionally not terribly memorable — a disgrace given the acquainted jitters of driving down these lengthy, darkish passages.
Not rated. In Norwegian, with subtitles. Operating time: 1 hour 45 minutes. In theaters and on Apple TV, FandangoNow and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please seek the advice of the rules outlined by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention earlier than watching motion pictures inside theaters.