MOVIE REVIEW: The Hole 2001
Best friends Frankie (Kiera Knightly) and Liz (Thora Birch) plan to spend the weekend in a little-known underground bunker deep into the woods. The only entrance into the bunker is through a thick steel door lined with concrete (sounds fun huh?). The girls enlist of the help of school nerd Martin to help them plan the event. They invite along Frankie's boyfriend Geoff and his best friend Mike(Desmond Harrington), whom Liz has a huge crush on. After a night of partying and bullshitting, Martin does not return to let the group out of the bunker. They end up trapped inside with very little food or water for ten days. Liz emerges from the bunker, apparently the only survivor of the party gone wrong and she refuses to speak to anyone about what happened initially. Martin is picked up by the police and questioned. This is where the story really unfolds and if I tell you any more, I'd spoil it for you. You know the drill, no more spoilers from me y'all!
What a super-tight whodunnit thriller! A perfect example of horror done well without a crazy man stalking folks in the woods. The horror here is more psychological but there are some gross-out moments thrown in for good measure. The thought of being locked up in an underground bunker makes my vagina dry as the Sahara Desert, but some folks love the ultimate thrill. I'll have my fun above ground thank you very much! Thora Birch did a great job playing a teen with a crush so deep that she would stop at nothing to make it happen. Kiera Knightley usually doesn't impress me in either the looks or the talent department but I think she did a fine job in this film. Desmond Harrington is a seriously slept-on actor. I've seen this cat in other films, mostly indies, and I can't understand why he doesn't get any shine. He's handsome and he plays a great psycho. With the exception of Thora and Kiera, the rest of the cast looked entirely too old to play teenagers, that would be my biggest complaint. Other than that, this was an exception little British film with a great cast. This one is not for the kiddies, so put the little buggers to bed and enjoy.
VERDICT: 3 1/2 Soul Claps
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