First off, I'm a film student, so I could talk about this forever. For your sanity howwever, I'll keep it relatively short.
My experience of this film is that you either think it's the greatest thing ever made or conversly, why was it ever made. As you may guess I sit firmly on the side of the former statement.
I had gone along expecting some Blair Witch rip-off... The Hole is not another teen slasher, it has far much more intelligence, to call it one would do the director, cast and crew a dis-service.
Performances on the whole are top notch. irch resists the temptation to go off the deep end, it is this that makes her portrayal all the more dark.
Also one to note is the perforamnce of relative newcomer Keira Knightley. Air-headed socialite, easy to play right? Wrong. For all of Frankie's designer girl bravado, there is in equal measure a sense of vulnerability to her, which Knightley pulls off excellently.
Now for the boys. Laurence Fox (Geoff) has the greatest obsticle to over come. On paper, his character is intensly dislikable, yet on screen, Fox is somehow able to make you like him. Particularly in the latter scenes with Knightley.
Desmond Harrington plays the iconic all americian boy to perfection. The most wonderful thing to see is how much he is affected by evens inside The Hole.
This film could be called anything, 'The Cupboard' whatever, place doesn't matter, its what happens inside that counts.
OK, so there are place with cluky bits of dialogue where inexperience shows a little, but the greatest thing about thids film is a great ense of rawness, an 'underground quality'(no pun intended!) making a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill hollywood teen horror movies.
To sum up then. This film is a neatly observed look at the horror of people, yes people not a big scary monster. This makes it all the more haunting. If you want to see something very special indeed, buy this.