John and The Hole review

Synopsis: In this enigmatic and unsettling meditation on adolescent angst, 13-year-old John(Charlie Shotwell) discovers an unfinished bunker while exploring the neighboring woods—a deep hole in the ground. Seemingly without provocation, he drugs his affluent parents (Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle) and older sister (Taissa Farmiga), holding them captive within the bunker. As they anxiously wait for Johnto free them from the hole, the boy returns home, where he can finally enjoy and explore a newfound independence.

This year has been uneven year in horror to say the least, that is no fault of the studios, with mostly everything being pushed back due to covid. However, when it comes to John and The Hole it has no one to care for at its core. Even when we root for bad guys there is something sympathetic.

Charlie Shotwell gives a good attempt at portraying a complex character like John and is the only highlight in this wasted ensemble especially the likes of Michael C. Hall and Taissa Farmiga seem flat and wooden in their respective performances. Even if it is meant to come across that way on screen.

Nicolás Giacobone co writer of the Oscar darling Birdman(that I am still upset Michael Keaton lost to Eddie Redmayne that year) is even more of wasted talent here, how do you come off Birdman and write something as dull and uneventful as John and The Hole?

In the end John and The Hole seemed like it would be right up my alley, unfortunately it was not. The pacing was too slow, I typically love slow burns but this one did nothing for me.

Overall grade: 1/5 stars

Written By: AJ Friar

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