Review - Hide and Seek


Dakota Fanning in Hide and Seek

Dakota Fanning, spooky in Hide and Seek

 

 

After Godsend and Meet the Fockers, Robert De Niro continues bumping along the bottom with this sub-Sixth Sense frightener. He plays the new widower with a ten-year-old traumatised daughter (Dakota Fanning) whose imaginary friend Charlie starts muscling in on the domestic action. Is Charlie a manifestation of the daughter’s loss? Or of her antagonistic feelings towards the women (Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue) who are floating around her newly available dad? Or is he just a malevolent spirit found lurking at the back of the Exorcist cupboard? Director John Polson and writer Ari Schlossberg keep us guessing with Kubrickian glides and Shyamalanian plot turns that suggest more than they deliver. Ultimately, Hide and Seek reveals itself to be a horror film that’s seen a lot of 1970s horror films, which might do it for you but not for me. De Niro, meanwhile, trousers the paycheck while Dakota Fanning acts him right off the screen.

© Steve Morrissey 2005

 

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Hide and Seek (2005)
Run time: 101 min
Rating: 5.7
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Director: John Polson
Stars: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen
Trivia: As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife’s suicide, his daughter finds solace — at first — in her imaginary friend.
Storyline Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie… but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily’s gruesome habits. Written by ek025
Plot Keywords: suicide, doctor, imaginary friend, widower, moving in
Box Office Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $502,631 (Japan) (22 April 2005)
Gross: $3,082,877 (Japan) (13 May 2005)