The Hole

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A fun-filled getaway for four teenagers becomes a season in Hell in this tense British thriller. Liz Dunn (Thora Birch) is a student at an exclusive private school who is head over heels for Mike Steel (Desmond Harrington), a handsome classmate whose father is a well-known American rock star. Liz, however, is self-conscious about her looks and is convinced Mike would rather be with the prettier girls in her class. Liz is also unenthusiastic about an upcoming field trip, in which she and the other students will have to camp out for three days while studying local geography. Liz confesses her infatuation with Mike to Martin Taylor (Daniel Brocklebank), a science-minded geek and longtime friend who happens to be in love with Liz, though she prefers to ignore it. Martin proposes a solution to both of Liz's problems; he's found an underground bunker built during World War II near the school grounds, and he arranges a little party in which Liz and Mike will spend the three days of the field trip in the bunker, with class couple Geoff (Laurence Fox) and Frankie (Keira Knightley) going along, giving Liz a perfect chance to impress Mike with her charm. The students lay in a supply of food, water, and booze to last them for three days, but after 72 hours, they discover they've been locked in, and they're not sure if Martin intends to let them out. The Hole also stars Embeth Davidtz as a psychiatrist who consults with Liz after her ordeal.

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Critic Reviews for The Hole

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  • The qualities which made [Birch] flourish in that multi-Oscar-winner [American Beauty] are still abundantly clear.

    Oct 18, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Has a good ambiguous premise but comes apart when it must reach a conclusion if its protagonist, Liz Dunn (Thora Birch), is a psychopath or a victim.

    Apr 22, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • When we finally come to hear and understand what probably did happen down in the hole, it's more elaborately ridiculous than the first story we heard.

    Nov 19, 2004 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • you get the feeling the actors are hoping their characters will die soon so they can get off the set, fast.

    Nov 5, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Sem provocar grandes sustos ou estabelecer um bom clima de tensão, este é um filme sem propósito definido. Além disso, a história é rasa e a direção de Hamm, burocrática.

    Jun 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • The last 45-minutes of The Hole are so entertaining, so creepy that it's easy to forget how lame the first hour is.

    Aug 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hole

  • May 14, 2012
    overbearing film and a waste of talent. it all leads to the usual conclusion that will leave you bored, easier to avoid if you can
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2012
    A great thriller that slipped under the radar of most. Well crafted and well acted by Thora Birch and a young Keira Knightley. A "must see if you can find" film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2012
    The Hole is a daring physiological thriller full of mystery and intrigue. The story surrounds a group of teenagers who go on a private get away to an abandoned World War II bunker, but when only one of them comes back alive an investigation is launching into the mystery of what happened. Thora Birch, Keira Knightley, and Desmond Harrington lead the cast and give solid performance. The mystery is well-crafted and contains several twists and turns as the film switches to different points of view. Additionally, the paced is especially good and is able to hold the suspense and intrigue from beginning to end. The Hole is a smart, provocative film and a compelling thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2011
    Subtly sick and twisted, The Hole may not offer the thrills, but it certainly offers the chills thanks to the writing of the lead character - a deranged and outrageously twisted schoolgirl.
    Ilyaas H Super Reviewer

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