Keira Knightley gets naked. It is brief, but enough to make my rental of "The Hole" worthwhile. The movie isn't half bad, either.
Thora Birch stars in this psychological suspense thriller about four students in Great Britain who discover an old bomb shelter in the woods and decide to camp out for two nights. Two weeks later, only Birch emerges from the shelter, claiming her friend locked them in. As the investigation continues, however, other facts begin to reveal themselves, which suggests something else entirely. Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox, Embeth Davidtz and Keira Knightley also have large roles.
"The Hole" is a well-acted and intriguing, if not immensely dark, movie from director Nick Hamm, the director of "Godsend." The movie has a bit of gore, some sexual material and a few really messed up characters, all of which combined make for a pretty entertaining piece of filmmaking. Of course, as already noted, the highlight was seeing Knightley without her shirt on. Yes, I know I'm shallow, but I'm also a 22-year old guy, and Knightley is a very hot up-and-coming actress.
Unfortunately, the one big flaw with "The Hole" is the decision to tell the story in several large flashbacks, instead of telling it in chronological order. The problem is, Birch stumbles out of the hole in the first minute of the movie and proceeds to tell her story to the authorities in the first twenty-or-so minutes, which basically implies she is either covering for one of her friends or outright lying. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to guess the ending of the film, yet Hamm treats the ending as if it is some shocking twist. Preferably, "The Hole" wouldn't have dealt with different versions of the same events but instead told the students' story from beginning to end, in chronological order. The result would have been a much more terrifying and claustrophobic experience.
Instead, the movie is a fun little thriller with some good performances and interesting developments, but had it been handled differently, it could have been a lot better. "The Hole" is recommended for all young straight males with a sex drive, but it also has something to offer to the general moviegoer.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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