Hide and Seek
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Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue
20th Century Fox
||Oh no, leave them
||She might get
scared and hold your hand.
Sadly David and Elizabeth don't get it on.
||Yea, quite a bit.
||Some chasing and
running around the house.
||Sadly, at the end,
easily figuring out exactly what was going to happen.
Sometimes a movie tries too damn hard to trick you, and
thatís the problem I had with "Hide and Seek." Letís get to
Hide and Seek
A Movie Review
"Hide and Seek" give us the great Robert De Niro in a
creepy movie with the adorable Dakota Fanning. De Niro plays
David, the Dad, and Fanning plays Emily, the daughter. After
seeing Mom dead in the bathtub, Emily doesnít take it too
well. Dad, whoís a psychiatrist, thinks getting her out of
the city into some house in the country will help her be
able to cope with the loss of her mother. His fellow
psychiatrist, and adult friend for Emily, Katherine (Famke
Janssen), isnít so sure isolation in the country is the
greatest thing for Emily, but she is assured by David that
they are only an hour away if they need something.
So David and Emily move into this big olí house near the
woods, and we get quickly introduced to the creepy
neighbors, the creepy sheriff, the creepy real estate dude
and the still smoking hot Elisabeth Shue, who plays
Elizabeth (notice the Ďzí to differentiate the actress from
the character she plays, but Iím sorry, I digress..), the
town resident who also has a niece about the same age as
Emily so David thinks it might be good the get the girls
together, and who knows, Elizabeth might just come along for
While we get introduced to the creepy folks, and Emily
takes a trip into the woods to follow a butterfly, we now
find that Emily has an imaginary friend called Charlie.
David is concerned, at first, but gets reassured by
Katherine that maybe Emily is using Charlie to work through
the loss of her mother. Then bad things start to happen, and
Emily keeps telling Dad that Charlie did it. Dad, at first,
dismisses the notion of Charlie, until larger things (like
the cat and others) end up dead in the bathtub, just like
Mom. Now Dad is suspecting maybe one of the creepy neighbors
is actually Charlie, and the filmmakers leave way-to-obvious
clues connecting Charlie to just about anyone, which is
supposed to steer you away from the obvious connection.
Fine, the connection is pretty well developed, but then the
movie really turns predictable, at least for me, which is
too bad because they had a pretty decent thriller, and then
they just let the thriller formula rear its ugly head,
having me leave the theater disappointed in a movie that had
a lot of potential.
"Hide and Seek" is a decent thriller ruined when the film
people go back to the generic thriller formula at the end,
and thatís too bad. Dakota Fanning shows that she is a
little girl who can play any role, De Niro is okay as the
concerned Dad, and the supporting characters are creepy when
they are supposed to be and caring when they are supposed to
be. I just felt bad for David because Charlie never let him
get it on with Elizabeth. Had I been De Niro, I would have
definitely made that be written into the script, but then
Iíve had a thing for Elisabeth Shue since "The Karate Kid"
and "Adventures in Babysitting."
Itís 3 stars out of 5 for "Hide and Seek." This had the
potential for a 4 or 5 star thriller, but lost it by going
back to the thriller formula rather than turn the twisting
up a notch. Catch a matinee or wait for the DVD.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!