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Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.
Wooden teenagers play out Rashomon very badly in this risible horror-thriller, which is clunky and embarrassing in that special way that only British films can be.
Thora Birch - speaking in a very Aussie "English" accent - emerges from a disused bunker covered in blood. She'd climbed in to try to snare the emo of her dreams, but her three companions - rounded out by long-headed rugger player Laurence Fox and the 16-year-old Keira Knightley, flashing her tits for no discernible reason - had put their lives in danger to avoid a geography field trip. What an extremely credible set-up; now let's find out who's telling the truth about what went on down there: Birch or a potentially malevolent nerd…
Ever since I became a member here I've wanted to re-watch this movie. For two reasons. The first being that I didn't really remember the twist at all (but it all came back to me early on in the movie). The second and main reason, being that I have a strong memory liking this film back in the days, but people here (that have an opinion I truly respect) seem to hate this film.
With this said, I gave it a go yesterday night with the help of Netflix. I was expecting to feel really embarrassed when it came to my previous liking for this film, but I didn't feel embarrassed at all. Maybe it's because I have a soft…
Mediocrity ahoy in my New Year's eve viewing of this thriller about who's locking who in The Hole, a bunker out there in the woods. A girl (a wooden Birch) talks to her shrink about the proceedings of the disappearance of 4 college students, where apparently and obviously things are not what they seem at first sight.
Low on real thrills and on keeping the viewer guessing about the truth, but high on bad acting (Knightly is her unbearable self) quickly moves this story into oblivion and the viewer into dreamland.
I think I hate this film. It starts out so promising, with interesting characters and motivations, then becomes a by-the-numbers "locked in a room"-psychological thriller with flashbacks.
The first half of it is really interesting, with both you and the police trying to piece together the stories into something that makes sense, trying to make out what really happened, but then it eventually slides into clichéd nonsense as the third act comes with its answers.
It's hard to discuss it without spoiling anything, but it's not really worth discussing either. Just imagine every "locked in a room, no way out"-plot you've seen, combine that with a usual paint-by-the-numbers high school-motivations and press play in your mind.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Head fuckof a movie about sociopathic young rich kids who get stuck in an underground bunker after a private party goes wrong. Locked in this abyss they slowly turn on each other as they run out of food and water and their sanity.
The movie opens with a distressed,dirty, blood covered teenage girl turning up dishevelled at a school. Screaming down the phone she is clearly traumatized and in need of help. As things transpire she is one of four teenagers that have been missing for 18 days. It becomes apparent the other three are dead and have been the victims of a prank gone wrong or worse. As Liz ( Thora Birch) recounts her story to a shrink she…
It's a four way tie in deciding who's the most annoying teenager, and should let the hole take first.
My vote is to save the boob-flashing Keira Knightley, and ultimately destroy the Canadian, NBA Steve Nash doppelganger.
Sadly the hole let's one survive ... oh, hole why couldn't you do your job?
Extra half star for Keira Knightley's little boobs.
Don't remember anything about it.
I remembered nothing at all about The Hole, except that as a fourteen year old kid I thought it was really cool. So I climbed down into an underground bunker full of posh teenagers and waited.
I knew the premise would be that they get trapped down there, but I had forgotten the twist. The panic. Starvation. Dehydration. The grosser-than-I-thought buzz of death and maggots. The creepy obsession. The Hole is really good at reminding you that when things are bad, they can always get worse.
Thora Birch is excellent as the girl who will do anything to get the guy she loves to feel the same way, even if it means letting her bff die and watching her dreamboat…
Thora Birch is the only really good performance in this film. The rest is fairly dull and wooden. The story does build up nicely and delivers a fair bit of suspense, but fails to really get me to the edge of my seat with thrill.
There are a lot of film directors in the British film industry who have come up in the last 15 years or so whose work I don’t know. They tend to make genre movies, often horror...and I don’t watch much horror anymore: I’m getting namby-pamby in my old age. I thought The Hole was going to be horror...I’m not sure it is a thriller either, but maybe it is. Four teenage pupils from a private boarding school hide out to party in a disused underground shelter: only one of them comes out alive. She (Thora Birch) tells a story about how the person who had organized the hideaway had locked them in; then he tells the police a story claiming…
This is a decent horror-thriller, something like Cruel Intentions by way of Rashomon with a dash of Cube. Can't escape those been-there-done-that vibes though.
Cf. Cry Wolf
one day i will remake this film. then you will all realize...
I watched this movie when I was 13 because I read that Keira Knightley showed her boobs in it. As enjoyable as that was, everything else in the movie left me depressed, disturbed, and confused. The premise is really cool though.
Thora Birch's accent aside, I actually enjoyed this film. I've been in the mood for psychological thrillers/unreliable narrators--both in my film and literature--so this hit a sweet spot for me. It's not amazing, but it is good and well worth watching.
Plus, it has Miss Honey from Matilda in it. Yas.
Oddly, since I was expecting a terrible supernatural movie, I was pleasantly surprised. Not that this was amazing or anything but it exceeded my lowest expectations which is saying something, right?
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