Walt Disney Pictures presents Holes, the fun-filled adventure starring an amazing ensemble cast including newcomer Shia LaBeouf and Sigourney Weaver (Galaxy Quest), Jon Voight (Pearl Harbor), Patricia Arquette (Little Nicky), Henry Winkler (The Waterboy) and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?). Stanley Yelnats (LaBeouf), dogged by bad luck from an old family curse, is in for the adventure of his life when he's sent to Camp Green Lake. At camp, he and his campmates - Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray and Zero - are mysteriously forced by "The Warden" (Weaver) and her two henchmen to dig hole after hole after hole for no apparent reason. But there is a reason, and Stanley and his campmates must stick together as they try to discover what's really hidden and break the Yelnats family curse forever.
HOLES is not your average Disney stuff- it's very, very fun, even for adults who usually cringe at the cutesy, focus-group designed "family entertainment" that Uncle Walt's studio passes off as live-action. Perhaps the secret of this film's success is in its faithfulness to the original book, which is a little bit darker than your average kid stuff. The action begins when Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys' prison camp, where all the inmates are forced to dig holes under the desert sun as a form of rehibilitation. But as the story progresses, Stanley's tale becomes interwoven with that of a legendary treasure, and this adventure becomes ten times more fun than any Disney movie about an all-boy prison camp has any right to be. Jon Voight is especially nasty and colorful, and Sigourney Weaver is beautiful, as always.
I loved watching this movie. This is a great movie and I think everyone in the family will enjoy watching this great movie which keeps you guessing right up to the end. This movie is full of mystery, hard labour and great acting.
I think the movie is much better than the book so I would recommend reading the book first to get the inside deatils that aren't shown in the movie.
I would recommend this movie for older children to adults.
This movie is fantastic about a kid who is sent to a camp for children criminals and it is by fate that he is there. They have to dig holes in hopes that they will find the missing treaure, but the kids no not know that. Very good movie highly recommend to watch.
This movie was really cute and had good characters however it was not as good as the book. There were a few missing parts that were in the book and not in the movie. I would recommend the movie if you are looking for a cute kids movie, especially for young boys but read the book first!
Its not often one sees a movie that really seems to understand what its like to be a kid. Too often, children are portrayed as precocious twenty-somethings trapped in the bodies of fifth graders: children whose wisdom and goodness would make Socrates look like Homer Simpson. (For further study see Jerry Maguire and Contact). On the other hand, movies made for the ten and under crowd often take place in a world free from violence and pain, where the worst thing that could happen to a kid is a stolen bike or a serious grounding. Holes makes neither of these mistakes. The kids and teens are just as dumb as I was, and the world they live in, while not being seriously naturalistic, is, at least, properly serious.
The movie gets going as Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) is mistakenly accused of stealing a pair of valuable shoes, and is sent to a boy's correctional facility. Except, this juvenile camp feels like Boy's Town if it was run by the guards from The Shawshank Redemption. There Stanley is indoctrinated by the gruff Mr. Sir (John Voight with crazy hair and a brilliant performance).
The only activity this camp provides for these wayward youth is digging holes. The camp's philosophy on this matter is `You take a bad boy, make him dig holes all day, and it turns him into a good boy.' Whether or not this theory works is doubtful, because Stanley soon experiences many cruelties and humiliations at the hands of his fellow reprobates. Don't let the cutesy nicknames fool you (X-Ray, Zig Zag, Armpit, Zero), these kids are just like your friends in the sixth grade, or to quote Rushmore, `With friends like you who needs friends?' Not that the other campers are as bad as all that, nor does the movie focus on the cruelties of youth. The kids come around, but never completely, and the movie (like Stanley himself) doesn't worry about them too much. Both of them have bigger things on their mind.
The story of Holes switches back and forth between the present and the past. Like the palindromic name Stanley Yelnats it begins at opposite ends chronologically and works toward the center. Where the end of the past story and the beginning of the present story are explained. The transitions are gentle enough that the viewer does not feel jerked around too much. Even though the transitions are entirely organic, I can excuse the random transitions because, like I said earlier. The filmmakers actually have something on their mind. They really do have a story to tell. Furthermore, Louis Sachar, the writer of the book and the screenplay seems to have gotten the tone just right for a movie for kids - just enough silliness and just enough bitterness. Stanley's father job is unreal (he is seeking to find the cure for foot odor), but Stanley's emotions are very real. As someone in the movie says (see the movie to find out why), `Peaches and Onions! That's the secret.' Holes isn't the most brilliant movie of the year, but it is funny without being offensive, and sweet without being maudlin. Most of all, it goes further in capturing what it is like to be young without portraying it as too horrible or too saccharine. The bitter and the sweet together is the secret of Holes' success.
First time i saw this movie was in a class about a year ago. I though i would be a typical boring movie but to my surprise i really like it. About boys who have been sent to a camp not what they expected it to be and are forced every day to dig a hole, to try find a treasure that may years a go was lost. I would tell you what happends you will have to watch the movie to see what happens and fantastic ending.
This movie is definitely above the average family viewing! An amazingly original storyline that will keep everyone guessing right to the very end. With a wonderful and enthusiastic young cast and the strong casting of Sigourney Weaver as the tyrannic camp commander. The movie draws you into the plight of the youngsters stranded at the camp and the strange mystery of the holes they are forced to dig and fill up everyday. An intriguing and really entertaining movie. An awesome book and a great movie!
soooooo funny! i have never laughed so hard before in my life! something to watch with the whole family! and dont forget the popcorn as well! yuuummm! i definatley recommend buying this you will NOT regreat this purchase at all! its oh so funny! u will laugh so hard!
I enjoyed this movie and found it was a good blend of drama and comedy, while being appealing to many ages. Lots of funny lines from the kids, and theres a great feeling of the underdog surviving. Great characters, and the set in the desert is done really well. A good DVD to add to your collection to watch on a rainy day or if kids come round.
I saw this on the Big Screen when my wife was nannying some young kids. I thought it would be just another kid movie, but was super impressed with the storyline and how all the different paths connected, and brought abot a very intersting ending. The various characters and their acting is amusing and makes for a worthwhile well rounded movie. Its not one you would watch over and over but great to enjoy.