As a country, Canada has played a very important role in both World Wars. Oddly, that has not translated into very many films about the Wars. This is one of those rare occurrences. Trench 11, directed by Leo Sherman (directed horror series Scare Tactics and Bizarre Murders), is about a German bio-engineered weapon which the Allies and Germans are both trying to get at for different reasons.
On the Western Front in 1918 it is the final days of World War I. German soldier Reiner (Robert Stadlober – Enemy at the Gates) has developed a disease as a weapon. The weapon is stored in a tunnel deep underground. Despite the fact that the war seems close to ending this type of weapon could turn the tide for the Germans. Higher ups decide that the best tactic would be to destroy any evidence of having developed of this weapon existing, so they set explosives to destroy it. Despite the explosions the disease is not destroyed. Now the Germans are sending Reiner back in to finish the job.
At the same time an Allied group comprised of a couple of Brits, a trio of Americans and one Canadian, Berton (Rossif Sutherland – from television’s Reign), who is an expert in tunneling, is assembled to also look for this weapon. The Allies get to the underground compound first. the British major and doctor (Charlie Carrick – from television’s Reign) are to collect evidence and then they will destroy the weapon. The Brits have not really told Berton or the Americans what is down there. They find a couple of German soldiers who are still alive and very frightened. One sets off a grenade and the ensuing explosion blocks off the way out. It will now be totally up to Berton and his skills to get them out alive.
The Germans arrive. Brit Dr. Priest discovers that those down in the tunnels are infected with the fabricated disease involving a re-engineered worm. The Germans capture the Allied team and want to use Berton to get down to the charges which will destroy the tunnels and all evidence of the disease. Danger is everywhere as Reiner tells the Dr. that the highly contagious disease turns most into mindless killers.
While this is not a good film it is a decent one. Under the right circumstances and in the right state of mind, it is an entertaining watch. A big part of the problem are the characters. None of them are very fleshed out or compelling. As such there is no investment in them on the part of the viewer. Which is paramount in a film of this sort. We don’t really like the “hero” Berton very much and the Nazis are not all that despicable or threatening. As a result everything falls a little flat.
On the plus side the special effects are pretty decent. Especially so since this is a Canadian production.