The Hole (2001)

By Brett Mullins

Directed by Nick Hamm

A blood covered, teenage girl hobbles down a dirt road which leads to a massive private school. She enters a building and immediately phones the police only to emit a horrifying scream. Once she has received medical care and the investigation is underway, she is questioned by a psychologist as to what occurred during the eighteen days she was missing.

When I sat down to watch this film, I was expecting a ‘run of the mill’ teen scream. What I witnessed, however, was a slightly above average psychological thriller that legitimately surprised me. Besides Keira Knightley’s performance, the most surprising aspect was the vast amounts of dark imagery spliced throughout the film. At the conclusion of an uneventful scene, the film would cut away to a disturbing shot as a way to keep the audience on edge, yet retain a coherent structure to the film.

The story is interesting enough and will hold the audience’s attention. Though it is nowhere close to perfect, there are a few twists and turns that will certainly catch the audience off guard.

Sub par acting appears to be a common theme throughout the film. The lead, Torah Birch, is by no means intrinsically a poor actress; however, this role was not suited for her. Much like Birch, Daniel Brockleback (Martyn) does not fill the role of his character very well. This seems to be more of an issue with casting than the abilities of the actors.

The Hole underperformed its potential; however, it still manages to be a watchable and spooky film, especially if sociopathy runs in the family.

Rating: 6/10

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