The trailer for
"The Hole" would
have you believe that it’s just another hip teen slasher flick, but
don’t let that fool you. It’s as far from "I Know What You Did Last
Summer" as can be, no dude with a hook in this house. Told through
flashbacks, "The Hole" is an intense British thriller. It’s a captivating,
somber film that borrows some themes from “Lords Of The Flies” but
mostly winds up being about love, how far some people are willing to go to
attain it and the birth of evil in a human heart.
"The Hole" totally sucked me in
with its storyline and its delivery. The movie puts us in Dr.
Horwood’s shoes so we witness the story unravel the way that is told by
Liz (Birch). Without giving too much away, let's just say that the film
isn’t totally honest with us and things aren’t always what they seem. But the
more that the movie moves forward, the more the mask crumbles, until the ugly truth
about what happened in the hole is finally revealed. The film’s back and forth
between the present and the past or the film’s tendency to lie to the
audience might turn off some viewers but it kept my pointy ass on my toes.
I was totally engaged in the events that were taking place before my eyes.
On a visual standpoint, the
director makes good use of the film’s somber setting and fills it with
an incredible sense of dread. He also manages to make one specific scene
in the film very erotic. Considering where that sex scene takes place,
that’s quite a feat. I also appreciated the film’s guts; this puppy
doesn’t hold back. It shocked me a few times with the human ugliness
showcased and it also took me by surprise with its moments of violence.
Gore is so much more effective in a film when you don’t see it coming. I
didn’t see it coming here.
The film does have some minor
flaws though. Its weakest aspect is definitely some of its main characters.
Apart from Liz (Birch), I didn’t find the other kids as interesting as
they should’ve been. More about them would have made an already powerful
film hit even harder. On the flipside, it helped a lot that the actors
playing the less developed teens were very charismatic and pleasant to the
eye. Another flaw would have to be one particular plot hole that bothered
me. Let's just say that a certain murder takes place very close to a
character’s home and I assumed that it would make her/him a suspect. The
film never addresses that but to be fair, that event surfaced near
the end of the film and who knows what happened after the credits rolled.
"The Hole" is a dark, ambitious film which concentrates on the scariest evil
of them all: human evil. It explores that theme in a realistic way where
nothing is black and white. I was pleasantly surprised by this film’s
knack at playing with the audience’s expectations, its dark tone, its
intelligence, and its gripping ending that slapped a devilish smile on my
face. Want to come in "The Hole" with me?