Jung Huh’s “Hide and Seek” – Review and Trailer

HIDE-AND-SEEK-pic-2With the exception of perhaps peek-a-boo or tag, hide and seek is one of the easiest games to play. Why then is it so hard to adapt into a movie?

Let’s face it, as far as classic games are concerned, hide and seek has to be considered one of the greatest of all time. It’s a game I’m pretty sure everyone on Earth has played at least once in their childhood. Why, even the poorest of the poor can – and I’m sure do – play this game. Due to its simplistic nature you’d think an onscreen adaptation of the game would be a walk in the park. Apparently, it’s not.

Luckily, for those of you out there who want to adapt this popular game, you still can, because Jung Huh‘s latest attempt in doing so didn’t even come close to capturing this game’s spirit. He left out all the crucial aspects of what makes playing hide and seek so much fun to begin with. There were no scenes of people closing their eyes and counting to a specified number, and there was no explanations given as to where the out-of-bounds areas were. I’m sorry, but you can’t exclude these two elements of the game and honestly expect me to take your movie seriously, can you. Heck, even the shit storm that was Battleship (2012) at least had an actual battleship in it.

Okay, so as a game-to-screen adaptation, this fails. The question then becomes how does it fare as an original non-adapted screenplay, and the answer to that is, it pretty much fails as well. The trouble is, aside from having quite a bit of effective jump scares (the one positive I can say about the film) nothing in this film is particularly memorable, original, or even all that thrilling – not a good sign for a movie being billed as a thriller.

But to give credit where credit is due, it does connect all of the dots usually found in this Hand-That-Rocks-the-Cradle-esq genre, and in doing so could be used in film classes as a study on how to evoke scares while sticking to convention. Unfortunately, a film needs to have more than a few effective scares in order to be considered worthy of being recommended to anyone who enjoys their thrillers served to them with an actual good story attached.

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