If anyone can figure out the meaning of this film, please don't bother telling me.
How the f...... heck this became a Disney family film I have no idea. Nor do I have any idea what the actual purpose of this film was. Truthfully I don't. I even watched it a second time to make sure I didn't miss any symbolism or meaningful message. No, 'Hole' is completely devoid of any entertainment or meaning.
The Plot: Shia LaBeouf stars... Oh who are they kidding? Nothing really "stars" Shia LaBeouf... as his usual annoyingly nervous and clumsy self whom is wrongfully convicted of stealing a pair of tennis shoes and given the cruel and unusual punishment of joining a chain gang to dig holes in the desert. Where is this? Singapore? Yes, that's the premise of the light hearted Disney romp, juvenile offenders being sadistically punished with inhumane desert conditions and being forced to dig holes in the middle of the desert.
But the holes lead to something interesting right? WRONG! They're just holes! The meat of the film is sadists Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight tormenting their juvenile prisoners. This isn't even done in fun or funny way like 'Cool Hand Luke' where the prisoners found inventive ways to have fun. These poor kids are just tormented for fun! Sigourney Weaver even uses snake venom as nail polish so her mere slap sends people into death spasms! That's Disney.
The realistic pain of the victims isn't even funny in ways that at least the ultra violent prison films 'S.S. Hell Camp' and 'Rikki Oh' were funny.
The film's run time is dragged out to 2.5 hours via flashbacks to Shia LaBeouf's "pig thieving" great grandfather whom cursed the family, and scenes of Patricia Arquette catching jungle fever in the wild west. WTF these scenes have to do with the hole digging chain gang is beyond me.
The ending is truly tacked on as Roma Mafia pulls up in a black Jaguar as LaBeouf's attorney and manages to single handedly free the entire camp and arrest all the guards as LaBeouf digs up a chest with AT&T shares worth millions. Talk about a tacked on ending to wrap things up in under five minutes.
'Holes' really isn't that bad. The acting is solid and the production quality is above average. I just didn't see the point of the whole film.
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A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.
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The Synopsis for Holes (2003) 1080p
"But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse?
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Child Slavery Is Disney Family Entertainment?Reviewed bychow913Vote: 7/10
If anyone can figure out the meaning of this film, please don't bother telling me.
Holes is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It appears to be a simple Disney kids film, but turns into so much more. Of course, that's where it's dragged down: when it tries to be a Disney film. At times it has quality of older films that are PG because there's not much offensive material in it, but at times it seems like a film fit for a Disney audience. When I went into Holes, I expected the script to be mutilated from the book, even though it's written by the author Louis Sachar. However, it's similar to the book, except with both a few welcome differences and a few unwelcome ones.
At times, Holes has some very believable, palpable drama. You could feel along with the characters, no matter how undeveloped they were. However, Disney couldn't make a movie that was very good for the ENTIRE movie. Nope, they had to through in some scatological humor, much revolving around a character with the nickname of `Armpit'. Also, the film relied too much on flashback for most of the movie. It had uneven cuts, with much of the time in the middle of the movie revolving around the flashback, with not enough time at the present time. Although Holes wouldn't have worked without flashback, there was just too much of it (and it did a Fight Club: a flashback in a flashback).
The plot revolves around Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBeouf). Every man in his family is named Stanley because it is Yelnats backwards. For some reason, this didn't work in the movie. He's accused for stealing shoes donated to an orphanage by baseball star Clyde Livingston (Rick Fox), while they just hit him on the head. Stanley thinks they fell from the sky. When he goes to court, Stanley chooses between prison or Camp Green Lake. Because his family is poor (his father is working on an invention to cure the smell of shoes), and he's never been to camp before, he chooses Camp Green Lake. Instead of an actual camp, however, they have to dig a five by five hole every day to `build character'. But is there some ulterior motive?
Holes is a very enjoyable movie, with part drama, part comedy (however crude and PG it may be), part thriller, part action. I liked to go along with Stanley, and the other denizens at the camp. However, there are a few fatal mistakes. First off, Sachar took out the most important part of Stanley's character development. In the book, Stanley was an overweight and teased kid, which helps with his change throughout the book. However, here he's a scrawny kid, and it doesn't help out his character. Also, at the end, Sachar tries to wrap everything up in a nice little package and express ship it to our hearts, while in the book `you have to fill in the holes yourself.' It wasn't that hard to do in the book, so why would movie audiences have a tough time?
The acting was good from the adult players, who include Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Winkler, Siobhan Fallon, Patricia Arquette, and Eartha Kitt, who plays wacky fortuneteller Madame Zeroni. I really like Nelson, and he reminded me of his role in O Brother, Where Art Thou, although I haven't seen that movie for a long time. Weaver seemed obligated to do this film, while Winkler needed the role. All of them were good. I recognized Fallon as Beatrice from Men in Black, she has a distinctive voice. Overall, I would say Holes is a good movie, but you will like it more if you haven't read the book.
My rating: 6/10
Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements.
And I'm serious! Truly one of the most fantastic films I have ever hadthe pleasure of watching. What's so wonderful is that very rarely doesa good book turn into a movie that is not only good, but if possiblebetter than the novel it was based on. Perhaps in the case of Lord ofthe Rings and Trainspotting, but it is a rare occurrence indeed. But Ithink that the fact that Louis Sachar was involved from the beginninghelped masses, so that the film sticks close to the story but takes iteven further. This film has many elements that make it what it is:
1. A unique, original story with a good mix of fun and humour, but amature edge. 2. Brilliant actors. Adults and kids alike, these actorsknow how to bring the story to life and deliver their lines withenthusiasm and style without going overboard, as sometimes happen withkids movies. 3. Breathtaking scenery. And it doesn't matter if it'sreal or CGI, the setting in itself is a masterpiece. I especially lovethe image of the holes from a birds eye view. 4. A talented directorwho breathes life into the book and turns it into technicolour genius.The transitions in time work well and capture the steady climax fromthe book, leading up to the twists throughout the film. 5. LouisSachar! The guy who had me reading a book nonstop from start to finishso that I couldn't put it down. He makes sure that the script sticks tothe book, with new bits added in to make it even better. 6. Andspeaking of the script! The one-liners in this are smart, funny andunpatronising. But there are also parts to make you smile, make youcry, and tug at your heartstrings to make you love this story all themore. 7. Beautiful soundtrack. There's not a song in this film that Ihaven't fallen for, and that's something considering I'm supposed to bea punk-rocker. The songs link to the story well and add extra jazz tothe overall style of the film. If you're going to buy the film, Irecommend you buy the soundtrack too, especially for "If Only", whichcentres around the story and contains the chorus from the book.
I do not work for the people who made Holes, by the way, I'm just afan, plugging my favourite film and giving it the review it deserves.If you haven't seen it, do it. Now. This very instant. Go!