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The Bunker (2001)
In October 1944, four months after the Allied invasion of war-torn Europe, seven German Infantrymen are all that remain after their squad was ambushed by the Americans. While retreating, the German soldiers stumble upon an anti-tank bunker along the German-Belgium border. The bunker is being guarded by one very young man, and one very old man (WWI vet) with little to no ammunition. Believing that the Allied forces are right behind them, panic mode sets in and even more tension builds between the already mentally and physically exhausted German troops.
Lt. Krupp (Simon Kunz "Match Point") and his men are ordered to hold the bunker until reinforcements arrive. However, turmoil brewing between two of his men, L.CPL. Schenke ( Andrew Tiernan "The Pianist"), a pill popping psycho who is still upset over being turned down by the SS because of impurities in his bloodline, and Cpl. Baumann ( Jason Flemyng " Seed of Chucky"), a faithful soldier who is now ashamed of his part in executing German soldiers for being deserters, makes that near impossible.
While in the bunker, the soldiers notice a steel door leading to a series of tunnels below. Curious of where they might lead or what they might find (ammunition, Americans ...) they decide to enter. Trying to stop them, the old man tells them a "ghost story" about the tunnels being haunted by the souls of the slaves that built them. The story seemed to have worked until Pfc. Kreuzmann (Eddie Marsen "The Illusionist" ) witnesses the old man wondering into the tunnel in the middle of the night and decides to follow. When Pfc. Kreuzmann doesn't return, the others are forced to look for him. Before the get a chance to find him, evil finds them, turning them against one another.
Although the movie started off slow, it goes stronger as it went on. Being that it is a British made film (actors & director), you are able to notice that the German soldiers all have a slight British accent. I've seen and heard the same out of Hollywood produced American war movies so don't let this deter you from watching this. If you pay attention to random things like I do instead of concentrating on the plot then you might also notice that when L.CPL. Schenke is firing his sidearm the slide stays back indicating that the magazine or "clip" is empty and you need to reload. Yet he keeps firing away although it's not that big of a deal.
One thing that I found confusing was "the evil". First you hear the story about the slaves who built the tunnels haunting it. Then you hear that the reason the old man wonders off into the tunnels at night is because he hears his dead son talking to him there. Third you will notice Cpl. Baumann sees a totally different kind of evil. All I can get from that is that the tunnel makes you see your own kind of evil or "demons" from your past.
Overall I thought it was a well-rounded movie. The setting was original and not knowing what the evil really was helped a bit. There a few death scenes in the movie but not a whole lot of blood and guts. If this sounds like a movie you'd like then I also recommend "Deathwatch" & "R-point". What else can I say, I liked it and I'd watch it again.
Rating - ** ½