Director: Andrew Davis
Synopsis: Stanley was walking under an overpass and shoes seem to fall from nowhere onto him. Police think that he stole the shoes so they send him to a juvenile correction camp instead of jail. Stanley’s family believe that this happened to him because his great grandfather was cursed. The camp though, is a labor camp where the kids dig holes as a way to learn character. While he is there, Stanley makes a friend, Hector, and together they solve the mystery of why everyone is digging holes and he learns more about his family’s curse.
Review: My favorite part of the movie is the friendship that develops between Hector and Stanley. I like that Stanley and Hector stick up for each other and Stanley helps Hector learn to read. I think that this is Shia LaBeouf’s best film. LeBeouf plays Stanley. Stanley’s character is fun and it seems like LeBeouf really gets into the character.
The movie has a great sound track. The sound track does not feel like a typical sound track of a kid oriented movie. The music helps with the mood of the movie. The songs are very catchy. I like the scenery of the dried lake bed full of holes dug by the boys at the camp. I also like the scene where Hector and Stanley are in the middle of the dessert under the boat.
I did not like the spotted lizards because they are not real. The movie is based on a book and I am sure that they were characters in the book. I understand why they are needed in the movie but they are not my favorite, especially because they are computer generated.