"When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies... don't you want somebody to love?" Jefferson Airplane, Somebody to love
I walked into the theater unknowing of what I'd see. I had seen the poster in the cinema, and loved the girl with pale skin and haunting green eyes. Instant infatuation. The tone of the poster and the title "The Hole" seemed to suggest horror, so I was willing to give it a try. So I did. And, boy, I'm glad I did. A deep terror was buried in me, as I walked to the movie hall, that this might be some 'romantic teen semi-suspense' crap, after the warning of a friend that had watched the trailer. -I try not to watch them anymore, since they usually spoil the movies with their intent to sell- Anyway, my terrors soon faded as the opening scenes unfolded before my eyes. Thora Birch -as I found this girl of my dreams was named- entered, utterly battered, as the Indian child in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", or the messenger from the battle of Marathon, a very big building, that obviously belongs to a place of higher learning. As with "Crimson Rivers" aka "Les Rivieres Pourpres", the setting places are marvelously beautiful. They are trying to get me to fly over to Europe!
The movie depicts two couples of filthy-rich university students that go camping inside of a WWII bunker, not to be bothered by the press or papparazzi. The trip goes awfully sour at some point, and the police has to investigate who is responsible for it, wether the sole survivor, or her geeky probably psychotic friend. The police detective and the shrink must work against the clock not to let the responsible one walk out unpunished.
There are some interesting plot twists and some extra European nastiness, like in "Crimson Rivers" (except for "Seven" and "Requiem for a Dream", Hollywood never goes that ugly) that appeal a lot to me. It reminded me a lot of "Apt pupil", if you've seen both of them you'll know why.
To end this review, I'll say two important things: first, this movie came as a nice surprise to me, and it's really a good look; second: as a friend of mine told me, this is a movie you "suffer", but enjoy in the end.
And it was all in the name of love.
I don't usually praise a movie every five minutes, but I did just that with this one. Everything was great. I will go to the cinema tomorrow to watch it again!