Tuesday, March 25, 2014

stomach-churning trip through the shadows

Another addition to the pneumatic tube movie list, and perhaps the most stomach churning yet: The Shadow. In this 1994 film about a vigilante (Alec Baldwin) terrorising the underworld of New York City, it is only fitting that he uses an underground network in his quest.

In the film the pneumatic tube system is used by The Shadow's agents to deliver messages to a central source (pictured above). There is an amazing scene in the film, which you can watch on YouTube, which follows a message from its delivery in a mail slot in an unsuspecting looking door in an unsuspecting building, through its dizzying, leaf-rustling, almost invisible journey through the city.

Images stills from YouTube video mentioned above.

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