director Nick Hamm
I think I queued up The Hole (2001) thinking it was The Hole (2009). Or maybe I’ve had The Hole (2001) in my queue for longer than I remember. There are actually a lot of movies called The Hole it seems.
This The Hole contains Thora Birch, who back in 2001 was riding high in her career. A child actress, she’d already had a decade of acting and movies under her belt but was fresh off American Beauty (1999) which had bolstered her career and would also star in Ghost World in 2001. But then a very noticeable drop-off in her performances. In the decade plus since 2001, she’s made a handful of movies and appeared in television shows.
For another actress in The Hole (2001), Keira Knightley appears, her first significant film role. Her career, of course, was about to explode. In fact, I wasn’t really thinking that much about “when” this film was made until I noticed Knightley in it in such a non-leading role. And then it came together.
The Hole (2001) is a psychological thriller/horror film about four posh teens at an English school who decide to hide out in a hidden bunker and party rather than go on a camping trip to Wales. Only as only one emerges alive, two versions of the story start to work their way out. What happened? Who trapped them in there? And why?
It’s not bad. In fact, it’s a pretty decent film. Just leave it to me to get more fixated on the actresses and their careers than the film itself.