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Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular adaptation of Louis Sachars acclaimed teen adventure Holes, featuring an all star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Patricia Arquette. Wrongfully convicted of a petty crime, cursed youngster Stanley Yelnuts (played by acclaimed newcomer Shia LaBeouf) is banished to Camp Green Lake a detention centre for boys. Mysteriously assigned to digging holes in the desert Stanley begins to unravel the sinister reasons behind the Wardens (Oscar nominated Sigourney Weaver) actions. When he finally escapes he and friend Zero (Khleo Thomas) determine to expose the evil goings-on at the camp and crack Stanleys family curse forever. A uniquely acclaimed family film, Holes is a smart and hilarious story bought to life by a pedigree cast and skilled direction by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive).
Holes is a scrupulously faithful adaptation of Louis Sachar's book Holes and should delight the book's fans. After being wrongly found guilty of stealing a pair of sneakers, Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) gets sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility in the bed of a long-gone dry Texas lake. There--under the watchful eye of overseer Mr Sir (a zesty Jon Voight), sneakily mean therapist Dr Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson), and the cool and cruel Warden (Sigourney Weaver)--Stanley and dozens of other delinquents are forced to dig an endless series of holes that the warden hopes will lead her to a precious secret left behind by a long-dead female outlaw (Patricia Arquette). Sachar's book is beloved for its vivid characters and suspenseful plot; by sticking close to its source, Holes has become a dynamic, exciting and surprisingly touching movie. --Bret Fetzer
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'Holes' starts off as the story of a boy called Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) who, in the tradition of his family's run of bad luck, is falsely accused of stealing some shoes and is sent to camp in lieu of prison. The camp is a desolate place on the site of a lake which dried up (now just desert) and the camp philosophy is that the boys sent there spend each day digging holes in the sand to 'build character'. The camp staff (Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson) are harsh and the camp atmosphere tough. However, it soon becomes apparent that the camp warden (a feminine but mean Sigourney Weaver) has another intention for the hole digging. Slowly, Stanley uncovers the mystery of the camp while trying to gain respect from his fellow inmates and the story of Stanley's family and the now dry lake is gradually revealed.
The story is quite complicated and much is revealed in flashbacks. You need to keep up with all the connections which are exposed to really appreciate the ending. However, the acting all round is excellent, with the unknown cast of boys really making an impact, particularly LaBeouf and Khleo Thomas who plays Zero. The adult actors provide excellent backup and the supporting stories are nicely told. This story has love, redemption and mystery - stick with it and you will be rewarded!
The performances in this movie are great there isnt a duff one in the whole movie and the story zips backwards and forwards in time and will be entertaining enough for the whole family a definite recommendation.
A very unlucky family faces tough times and the story gets worse when the boy is accused of stealing a pair of shoes. Well, he didn't steal anything but ends up in a youth correction camp anyway. Boys there are digging holes every day under the hot sun. And the mysterious warden of the camp is very determined to find something in these holes. This is where the story of how the boy's family became unlucky gets clear. And the boy receives a chance to put things right and catch the luck again.
I enjoyed this movie very much.
Its quite a good movie, part teen buddy movie (set in a delinquent camp which reads like something out of Greek mythology), part superstition, part western. The young leads are earnest in their role, and there is lots of quirky support from the adult supporting characters.
Definitely worth digging up ...
However, the thing that really makes this DVD stand out for me, is the fact that you get to meet the original book's author. This film is one of those rare times when the author of the book gets to write his own screenplay. Therefore, nobody takes liberties with his plot or dumbs-down the complexities of a story that unfolds in numerous flashbacks; the result is a film that truly reflects the flavour of the story it is based on. The author talks about this in a special feature, but better still, he also talks about his work in one of the 'voice-over' commentaries. If you are interested in the work of a writer, either novelist or screen-writer, this is a real insight.
So, why did I give it 4 stars, not 5? Only because it isn't quite as satisfying as the book. The twists are at times so subtley done, that they could easily be missed, or misunderstood, if you haven't read the book first. Here's what I recommend: If you're not familiar with the book, order it too, and read it beforehand. It will highten your enjoyment of both the film itself and author's commentary.
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This is an amazing film and I use it to show my year 8 English lesson when we have finished all the work. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mrs L Watson
Fabulous version of the book. Great help for high school students who struggle with reading as it gives them a foothold into the story.Published 6 days ago by A. P. O'Brien
Bought for my daughter who loves this film. Lost track of how many times she has watched it!Published 1 month ago by D. Slattery
My 11 year old read the book at school & was keen to see the movie. He really enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by mrs h r warnes
A good film with interesting characters and plot. A bit querky. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars was that I felt the ending was a bit rushed.Published 1 month ago by Simon48