True, this movie feels like something you’d accidentally keep watching on the Disney Channel, but Holes is just too tempting for us Millennials who grew up reading the book.
This was Shia LaBeouf’s feature film debut, which came after his big break on Even Stevens but before he started making unsettling motivational videos.
He’s backed up by a cast that includes Sigourney Weaver (I still can’t pronounce her name — is it Sigourney “Waver” or “Wiver?”), Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible), Eartha Kitt (The Emperor’s New Groove), Henry Winkler (The Fonz needs no introduction), and Dule Hill, one of the funniest humans in existence known in another life as Burton Guster in Psych.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Although known as Sam in this film, Dule Hill has a few other names as well.
Just like From Time to Time, this movie left me with a strong desire to learn more about the individuals in my family tree.
There is a deep yearning each of us has to know more about where we came from and who came before us – that intricate web of hundreds of thousands of lives that all came together to create you.
And, ironically, if we want to eliminate “holes” in our ancestral lines then we have to start digging. So if you haven’t yet, I urge you to get started researching and sharing stories about your family history, because as we do so, our lives are not only blessed with human context but with angelic assistance.
I promise that as you make an effort to learn more about your ancestors, your relationships with them will deepen, and your recognition of their presence in your life will increase.
“Then the king of Syria warred against Israel… and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
And when the servant of [Elisha] was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” — 2 Kings 6:8-17