Now playing in select theaters across the country, as well as digital and On Demand, is the thriller, Hide and Seek.
Hide and Seek stars Jonathan Rhys Myers, Jacinda Barrett, Sue Jean Kim, Mustafa Shakir, Quinn McColgan, Eli Golden, Avril Wei, Joe Pantoliano, Alejandra Rivera Flaviá, and Josh Alscher.
Noah Blackwell (Rhys Myers) lives in a post, two-story apartment on the top floor of a building in Manhattan. He lives wife (Barrett) and two children (McGolgan and Golden). From the start you can see that his life is “perfect,” and that everything is neat and organized. You can also get a sense that something is a little “off” about Noah (in a strange way). I think he might have an OCD when it comes to things being neat and organized.
Noah’s father recently passed, and he is still having a difficult time dealing with it.
Noah inherited his father’s construction business, as well as a lot of bad press from condemned building in Queens (NY).
Noah has a brother named Jacob. Noah and Jacob have not been in contact with one another for years. Jacob is not well (mentally). Jacob was also cut out of their father’s will.
Noah feels like he should reach out to his brother, so he goes to his last known address. It turns out that his brother has gone missing. There is also missing tenant in a dilapidated building that lived across the hall from Noah.
Unlike Noah, Jacob lived in squalor.
Now Noah feels compelled to find out what happened to his brother, even though his wife encourages him to let it be.
Soon Noah finds himself trying to navigate through gangs, hatred (towards him and his family), weird symbols found around the building, missing people and a mystery person who rides a motorcycle who appears to be coming after him.
Is is Jacob? Or is there someone else out to get Noah and his family? To find out, you need to go see, rent or purchase Hide and Seek. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented, or at a theater near you.
This film had some good (creepy!) parts, especially with the dark, ominous figure that appears throughout the film, especially the scene with the young lady who goes missing.
I struggled to figure out what the film was all about (aside from a man looking for his brother). The fact that Noah is rich and lives a posh life, yet his brother lived among lower class people in a soon to be demolished building seems to me like it’s trying to make some kind of socio-economic statement. Or is there an underlying political message in this film? I’m honestly not too sure.
I won’t think too deeply into the meaning of the film. Instead I’ll focus on other things.
Rhys Myers did a great job portraying an uptight, anal retentiveness, individual who starts to unravel from the seams quickly. He starts to go a bit unhinged quickly. He plays a crazy person extremely well.
The cinematography worked very well with the storyline, especially when it came to the apartment building where Jacob was last seen. It looks like a dangerous place, and some place I wouldn’t want to go, even on a bright, sunny day.
The other actors did a great job, even the child actors in this film. The actress Sue Jean Kim (she plays the character Soo Mi in the film), also did a wonderful job at playing a crazy person.
I did find the film to be a bit confusing. The ending most especially. I honestly don’t know what to make about the ending. Talk about a mind being blown. In this case, it’s not necessarily in a good way because just when the film made sense to me, the ending happened. Now I honestly don’t know what to make of the film. If you happen to see it, and can make sense of the ending, kindly come back to this post and comment and tell me what your feelings are about the ending.
Below is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.
*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.