Bering Strait Tunnel: An Action Movie Waiting to Happen

I’m sorry, but the first thing I thought of when I read this:

Russia Green Lights $65 Billion Siberia-Alaska Rail and Tunnel to Bridge the Bering Strait!

In what could certainly be one of the boldest infrastructure developments ever announced, the Russian Government has given the go-ahead to build a transcontinental railway linking Siberia with North America. The massive undertaking would traverse the Bering Strait with the world’s longest tunnel – a project twice the length of the Chunnel between England and France.

…was this:

Of course, according to the article, it will take 15 years to build this thing, but you just know, once it’s finished, it’s only a matter of time before some Hollywood action flick producer decides that a high-energy, pyrotechnic chase scene MUST be filmed there.

Or, wait, it could be one of those disaster movies!

I can see it now: A passenger train enters the tunnel from the U.S. side, while a cargo train carrying some kind of highly explosive or toxic material enters from the Russian side. Then, for reasons only a movie like this can explain, the operators of the tunnel have to close off both ends of the tunnel, one train derails, the other train smashes into it, and the survivors of the crash must depend on a former Navy Seal and recovering alcoholic — played by Tom Cruise — to save them.

If someone isn’t already working on the script…

…perhaps I should!

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