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Hide and Seek (2005)

  Directed by: John Polson
Written by: Ari Schlossberg
Starring: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue
Links: Hide and Seek on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Fairly forgettable" - a review by pearly

I was sure that a thriller which starred Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning couldn't be too bad, especially as the director was Australian John Polson (though his last effort, Swimfan (2002), wasn't very good). Besides, I managed to get myself some freebie tickets, so I had to give it a go.

Unfortunately, despite some top efforts from the cast, the script is fairly uninspired, and the end result is a failer to deliver anything really special.

De Niro stars as David, father of Emily (Fanning). After the apparent suicide of Emily's mother, David decides to move their family of two to a more remote town, in the hopes that the move will help Emily to recover from the loss. He does this against the better judgement of Katherine (Famke Janssen), who is Emily's psychiatrist as well as David's colleague. Once in the new house, Emily struggles to make friends, as she consistently alienating those that try to befriend her. David is at a loss as to why Emily is behaving so strangely, but he tries to get on with life regardless, and makes friends with Elizabeth (Elisabeth Shue).

But things definitely aren't normal in this household, and no amount of pretending that they are is going to help anyone who tries to form a relationship with anyone in the family.

There were definitely suspenseful moments in this film, but it suffered from becoming too similar to so many other films of this type (I won't say which, as this would count as a spoiler). De Niro puts in a fine performance, but he's not exactly working his butt off in this one (I'd suggest it's purely a bill paying film for him), and whilst Fanning is brilliant as always (her role is very different here to what we've seen from her before, and the change from blonde to brunette is only the beginning of her transformation), she, like De Niro, is limited by the mediocre script.

Hide and Seek is fine for a bit of fun, a few laughs, and a few gasps, or, if you're particularly jumpy, screams. Other than that, though, it's fairly forgettable.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 23 Feb 2005

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  1. Personally, I think the movie was great. Dakota was awesome in it, and everyone saw her talent clearly. This movie is funny as well as scary, which is pretty hard to do, if you think about it.
    This movie is about a young girl,Emily, who is suffering over the loss of her mother. Her father, David, takes her to the countryside to heal all their wounds, but things get worse. Emily creates a wacky and dangerous imaginary friend, only to find out that her friend, Charlie, is real

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Tami ( on Tue 01 Mar 2005 09:59 #

  2. this movie wasn't as scary as i thought it would be. if you want to see a good movie you should watch willy wonka and the chocolate factory

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from samantha on Sat 05 Mar 2005 11:57 #

  3. Personally I loved the movie. I am a big horror/thriller movie freak. I thought it wasn't overly scary, but the twist in the movie really gave it some feel.
    Dakota really made the movie come alive, almost at times that Charlie was really in the room with me. (wierd hey).
    Basically I found it to be about a young girl who moves to the countryside with her father to get over the trauma and stress of her mother's passing away.
    Finding herself to not really fitting into this new community, Emily makes up this ficticious friend who keeps her company through her lonely days and nights. Emily often keeps to herself and is not as sociable as her father is. Soon enough after they have settled into the house, her father notices a little bit of a change in her attitude. She is happy and playful. She tells her father of her new friend Charlie (who is imaginary). She enjoys the company of Charlie who clearly throughout the movie is not really a good influence on her, as she starts to pickup Charlie's gruesome and disturbing activities and not only scare her father, but people she is close to.
    Funny enough, no one else seems to be able to see this friend except her.

    I thought it was an excellent story and I will mostly likely watch it again.

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Anne on Fri 30 Sep 2005 18:04 #

  4. I really enjoyed this movie. I'm a big horror fan and this is one of the best horror film's I have seen. Without Dakota Fanning, it wouldn't be the same. I think the twist really baffled me but yet it was a really good idea. 10/10, this movie really is very good.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Emily Garrett on Fri 28 Oct 2005 00:29 #

  5. This movie was a none stop thriller over all but they could have explain the plot a lot better.It was hardly any type of horror for the taste of my friends and I.It had its scary parts but it was only the blood that was the most graphic.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Lori Grarde on Sun 23 Jul 2006 02:43 #

  6. I loved it, it was a really great movie, and Dakota was really good.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Shana Schiopu on Thu 10 Aug 2006 06:37 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.33 (6 ratings)

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