(out of 5)
Delightful family film adapted from the popular novel by Louis Sachar. Shia LaBeouf is an unlucky pre-teen whose accidental encounter with a pair of stolen running shoes lands him in a detention centre for boys way out in the middle of the desert. There, he is put to work by the camp’s sadistic counsellor (Jon Voight) and camp director (Sigourney Weaver) to dig holes along with a group of delinquent boys. When our young hero discovers the history of the camp and its connections with a badass cowgirl (Patricia Arquette) from the days of the Wild West, he begins to realize that the hole-digging these boys are doing is not a matter of exercise and discipline but a treasure hunt. A multiply-layered story and adorable characters make for a winning experience that the whole family will enjoy–show this to your kids, it’s good for them!
Directed by Andrew Davis
Screenplay by Louis Sachar, based on his novel
Cinematography by Stephen St. John
Music by Joel McNeely
Production Design by Maher Ahmad
Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers