|Starring:||Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Dule Hill, Shia LaBeouf, Brendan Jefferson, Henry Winkler|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Boys Only, December Picks, Fun & Games, HD Family Fun, Kids' Classics, Kids: For Boys, Kids: Fun and Games, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Mar 2004|
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The Shawshank Redemption for juvenile delinquentsBy zozrat (6 reviews) from London , 16 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Holes is based on the multi-award winning novel by Louis Sachar. It tells the story of Stanley Yelnats (write it backwards) (played by Shia LaBeouf) who has a talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
His grandfather tells him its all the fault of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather whose actions left the males in the family cursed forever and eternity; but Stanley doesnt believe in curses. Until a pair of trainers falls from the sky sparking a chain of events that leaves Stanley with an eighteen month sentence at Camp Greenlake, a correctional facility where they believe if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.
The Shawshank Redemption for juvenile delinquents, a tale of star-crossed lovers, a western, a fairytale and a hunt for buried treasure. Rarely has a film crossed genres so effectively and the result is a masterpiece.
The screenplay (also written by Sachar) is never trite or dull and is startling in its economy when dealing with such a complex storyline. The performances (including turns from Sigourney Weaver, John Voight and Patricia Arquette) are inspired.
Particularly impressive are the child actors (led by LaBeouf giving Tom Hanks a run for his money) who produce superbly naturalistic performances.
To label Holes a kids film is to discount the most original family film since The Princess Bride. Moving, funny and magical this is Gabriel García Márquez for new millennium.
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Clever, brilliant, must-see!By JoCav (1 review) , 16 Oct 2013This is one of the best movies I've ever seen - so said my 8 year old after watching it. The story is so cleverly entertwined, connections are made at every turn; it's a fun fast-paced movie for the whole family to enjoy!
must not miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!By a customer , 13 Oct 2013very very good!!!!the storyline is very entwined (Which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it) but a brilliant plot and fantastic acting. MUSTN'T MISS !
Oddly enchantingBy a customer , 12 Jul 2013After reading and loving the book, watching and adoring the play, the last thing I had to do was watch the film. This funny, imaginative film really did a lot to brighten up a rainy Sunday afternoon. When you first watch this film, you are totally taken aback at how strange the entire thing is. there is a weird boy who thinks who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, his dad who melts sneakers for a supposed living and a no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-gran dfather. Meanwhile, I'm sat on the sofa thinking WHAT ON EARTH??? Even after reading the book, you can't help but marvel at the strangeness of the entire thing. All the actors and actresses stand out as great performers who take to their characters well and portray them with funny, and imaginative twists. New comer Shia LaBeouf gives all of his star cast mates a run for their money. The film deals well with an extremely complex plot and frequent jumps in time. The more you watch this film, the more you get out of it. The plot and the mystery is exciting every time you watch it, unlike some plots such as the tiresome ones in Nativity and other films. I highly recommend this film for families with children but adults will love it as well (I think so any way, I'm only eleven).
Surprisingly GoodBy Caro27 (5 reviews) , 30 Jun 2013I couldn't remember why I'd added this to my rental list and it must have been because it had some good reviews. And I'm glad I did ... I loved it!! Great story actors were good and was just a really nice feel good film. The bad guys get their just deserts and the good guys live happily ever after. Not my usual choice of film but would recommend
Great film of a fab bookBy FullofStars (65 reviews) from Scotland , 13 Apr 2013Super performances throughout from a great cast. Great family viewing: funny and thought provoking with a bit of mystery and fantasy too. Read the book too - it's even better.