Hide and Seek

2006-03-30 12:53


"Come out, come out, wherever you are!"

...seven words and that take us back to an innocent, carefree time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates. When no real playmates were available many of us even enjoyed playing with imaginary friends.

But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real...

For young Emily Callaway, her games of hide and seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that her father David cannot stop.

Who - or what - is Charlie? David wonders. How can an "imaginary" entity have this kind of hold on her? Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence?

What the critics are saying:

"I like horror films, but I don't like to feel jerked around by them. They're best when they play straight and don't spring arbitrary surprises. At the beginning of Hide and Seek, I thought I was going to be interested in the characters all the way to the end, but then the plot went on autopilot."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Few of the details in Hide and Seek add up, and in the end, its spookiest elements dangle limply in the ether, orphans with no good explanation for their existence."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

"Hide and Seek really isn't a suspense thriller at all. It's a mystery movie. It's always a mystery when highly talented people commit the time and effort to a film that is so obviously mediocre."
- Paul Clinton, CNN

Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro do their best to save this illogical thriller, but the script piles improbable twist upon improbable twist and the end result is just plain silly.

lorna 2005/02/17 1:49 PM
ladder 49 saw the attractions looks like a cool movie elektra
Ted-d 2005/09/05 7:51 AM
Hide and Seek Dakota Fleming and Robert de Niro were brilliant in this movie. The movie was suspense filled and had me involved all the way through. Brilliant stuff! Meet the Fockers
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