The Hole

  • 2001
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror, Thriller

Based on Guy Burt's well-reviewed horror novel After the Hole, this bankrupt thriller's lack of imagination is visible despite its gratuitous brutality and fractured narrative. In flashback, Liz Dunn (Thora Birch), the sole survivor of a prank gone wrong, tells police shrink named Dr. Philippa Norwood (Embeth Davidtz) what happened, starting when she...read more

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Based on Guy Burt's well-reviewed horror novel After the Hole, this bankrupt thriller's lack of imagination is visible despite its gratuitous brutality and fractured narrative.

In flashback, Liz Dunn (Thora Birch), the sole survivor of a prank gone wrong, tells police shrink named Dr. Philippa Norwood (Embeth Davidtz) what happened, starting when she and her prep-school best friend Frankie (Keira Knightley) decided to play hooky with Frankie’s boyfriend, Geoff Bingham (Laurence Fox), and Liz’s unrequited crush, Mike (Desmond Harrington). To avoid a geography field trip, the elitist quartet allowed nerdy Martin Taylor (Daniel Brocklebank) to lock them in an abandoned bomb shelter on the academy’s grounds; the plan was that three days later, Martin would come back and let them out. Liz places the blame for Mike, Geoff and Frankie's subsequent deaths squarely on Martin’s doorstep, and because he never returned to release his classmates, the police question him. But Martin insists that Liz literally holds the key to explaining the mysterious demises. He says that the four friends viewed their incarceration as an excuse for a weekend of partying and stocked up on booze and drugs. But while Frankie and Geoff took advantage of the opportunity to have sex in an unusual location, Mike showed no sexual interest in Liz — in fact, he proposed a threesome with Frankie and Geoff instead. Dr. Norwood wonders how the spoiled teen might have responded to Mike’s rejection and asks a series of pointed questions. Liz responds by playing head games with her shrink, and the events of the lost weekend become cloudier and cloudier. What really happened in the hole?

Although noted theater director Nick Hamm's film amounts to little more than "The Bad Seed Goes to Boarding School," Birch and Brocklebank give their all to making Liz and Martin fully-fleshed characters rather than psycho-thriller stock players.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Based on Guy Burt's well-reviewed horror novel After the Hole, this bankrupt thriller's lack of imagination is visible despite its gratuitous brutality and fractured narrative. In flashback, Liz Dunn (Thora Birch), the sole survivor of a prank gone wron… (more)

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