Starts slowly, even dull, then gets REALLY scary!,
This review is from: Hide and Seek (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
I must confess I was almost tempted to stop watching this film after about 40 minutes, because it was slow and rather dull and also the story looked pretty stupid to me. Robert De Niro plays a psychologist whose wife suicided and he was left with a 10y old daughter Emily (great role of Dakota Fanning). The poor kid was totally traumatised by the suicide of her mother and her father didn't find anything better that to quit New York and buy a big, old, creepy house in a very small town, mostly empty, except in the summer (and it is a windy, cold automn when he moves there). That is really smart for a psychologist...
But finally I decided to watch it a little bit more and I was rewarded with a second half of the movie which was MUCH much better... in fact, because of a totally unsuspected twist, the first half of the movie immediately appeared in a very different light. And just for once, I started to be really concerned about the little girl safety, and I was right to be concerned... This movie uses some really pretty decoys to confuse us about what exactly is going on in this creepy house... and when the blow lands, I actually gasped with shock. No hints except this one - it is clear, that this movie was made AFTER "The sixth sense"...
Now, I am not saying this is a masterpiece or a great film - but still it is very watchable, and Robert de Niro and Dakota Fanning give a great show. She is especially impressive, after all she was only about 11 when playing in this movie and her role was really not easy. It is worth watching. And be ready for some nasty surprises.