Maybe the greatest prison escape movie I've ever seen (and, yes, I've seen The Great Escape). Also, one of the greatest reveal shots in film history (as seen through a sliver of mirror jammed through a prison cell peep slot). I have to hand it to the French-- their movies may be slower-paced, but, man, do they have a way with detail that most American movies will never match. Who other than a guy named Jacques could make me watch a two minute close-up of a hole being dug and still have me on the edge of my seat? Who else has the finesse to include in a five minute sequence of a guard going through a prisoner's care packages and know that it's just as important as any expositional dialogue scene? "God is in the details," indeed. In Le Trou, he is not exactly a vengeful god, but certainly a careful, deliberate one with a cucumber cool cruel streak.