The wave of Norwegian disaster movies continues with Tunnelen, directed by Pål Øie (Villmark, Skjult). As with most films in the subgenre, this is formulaic stuff, but Tunnelen uses the formula well and to its own advantage. After an inviting intro in which we meet the large and diverse cast of characters whom will soon find themselves in or around the ominous tunnel of the title, Øie throws us into more than an hour of non-stop suspense. The film is well-paced and unapologetic, and the high tempo and brilliantly developed and filmed action-scenes ensure it feels less contrived than its siblings Bølgen and Skjelvet, despite some obvious narrative flaws and unnecessary (albeit funny) characters, such as that of Jan Gunnar Røise or Henrik Holm. The latter's talent is completely wasted here, with the part probably having ended up on the cutting room floor. In leading roles, Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Fuglerud and Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes all give heartfelt performances, elevating what could otherwise have come off as strictly a genre-movie to a dramatically valid and poignant film.