HOLES (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

an off-beat story about righting a generations-old wrong—casts a large, diverse range of seasoned talent to tell its story. Shia LaBouef, Jon Voight, charismatic Tim Blake Nelson (O’Brother Where Art Thou), Sigourney Weaver, Henry Winkler, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Men In Black) work together to bring us a tale that defies time and place to satisfy and right an ancestral misdeed. The story casts a certain out-of-time and place feeling that places it in its own category of story-telling. It’s a clean, family-friendly piece of entertainment that is worth the child/adult share with some opportunity for explanation to tie in the story’s beginning with the story’s conclusion.

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Young Stanley (Shia LaBeouf) is sent to an isolated desert work camp for purportedly stealing a pair of shoes. Unknown to him, forces larger than time have brought him precisely to this moment and place to meet another work camp youth, Zero (Khleo Thomas).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Andrew Davis for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Marty P. Ewing and Louis Phillips for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Warden (Sigourney Weaver), Mr. Sir (Jon Voight), Dr. Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson), Squid (Jake M. Smith), Armpit (Byron Cotton), X-Ray (Brenden Jefferson), Magnet (Miguel Castro), Zigzag (Max Kasch), Twitch (Noah Poletiek), Barfbag (Zane Holtz), and Lump (Steven Kozlowski).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is unique and while not a fantastic entertainment piece, is a worthy entertainment piece.

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