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Good Book, Great Movie, Great Music

  • Mar 2, 2008
My son was in the sweet spot of the age group Disney targeted for this movie, and having read the book, he insisted this was a must-see, so my wife and son went to the see the movie in the theatre. When she was impressed by the movie, and read the book, I followed suit watching this DVD when it came out, and agreed.

Budding star Shia LeBeouf carries the role of Stanley Yelnats, who is falsely accused of a juvenile crime that lands him at Camp Green Lake (which is neither), where the form of punishment and reform philosophy is that digging holes makes young men stronger. It also enables the crooked camp warden and guards to search for a long lost treasure, which brings together two backstories that are told in flashback and that finally merge into the present action at the climactic finale.

The background music is excellent, not just driving the action but setting the scene with rock, blues, country, and hip-hop sounds that are, like the movie and the book Holes, as mature and well-crafted as any on the movie screen today.

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Fans of author Louis Sachar'sbookHoleswill be delighted with this scrupulously faithful adaptation. After being wrongly found guilty of stealing a pair of sneakers, Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) gets sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility in the bed of a long-gone dry Texas lake. There--under the watchful eye of overseer Mr. Sir (a zesty Jon Voight), sneakily mean therapist Dr. Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson,O Brother Where Art Thou?), and the cool and cruel Warden (Sigourney Weaver)--Stanley and dozens of other delinquents are forced to dig an endless series of holes that the Warden hopes will lead her to a precious secret left behind by a long-dead female outlaw (Patricia Arquette). Sachar's book is beloved for its vivid characters and suspenseful plot; by sticking close to its source,Holeshas become a dynamic, exciting, and surprisingly touching movie.--Bret Fetzer
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DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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