Robert De Niro
I was somewhat enjoying the movie until about 30 minutes into it, when I realized it wasn’t going to go anywhere. It basically sticks with one single idea through the entire thing: the mystery of Charlie. As such with all mysteries, a good ending is key, and in this case, essential. But instead, we’re given a pathetic and tired finish, filled with more holes than Swiss cheese. THE SIXTH SENSE got it right; it didn’t even need the awesome ending. Granted, it did accomplish that task, but even without it, the flick had other things going for it too, such as the subplot involving the young girl. This flick on the other hand... nada, nil, zilch, zero. All we get is simple build-up stuffed with throwaway characters just to keep you guessing, and then a lousy payoff. What a jip!
On the bright side, Dakota Fanning is creepy as hell, yet still manages to be adorable, while Robert De Niro is, uh, in the movie? Well, his character is more boring than a pair of old shoes, but even so, his presence alone is an upside. I can also admit that I was never really bored during the movie; aggravated maybe, but never bored. Think about it though, how good can a movie be if the most positive thing you can say about it is that it’s not boring?
Commentary (with the director, editor, and screenwriter): There’s nothing more annoying than hearing filmmakers brag about how great their crappy movies are, especially when they happen to be praising exactly the stuff you disliked most. But, if you find that sort of thing funny, then check this out.
Alternate Endings (8:01 – with optional commentary): Not only are these sequences barely different than the original ending, they also are pretty lame. There was one sequence that was, to some extent, better that the original, but still pretty bad. The commentary is pointless too, because all they do is state what you can already see. What’s worse is that they actually chose the most stupidly obvious option for the final scene. Ugh.
Deleted Scenes (19:08 – with optional commentary): The commentary says it all, as all three people can’t even recall whether these were in the movie or not. There are 14 scenes, none of which are particularly great, but some are decent.
The Making of Hide and Seek (10:19): Your standard making-of, which means more talk, less show. The actors praise each other, while tons of clips from the movie appear in-between. Skip it.
Previs Sequences (3:32 – with commentary): Booooooring. Enjoy the fascinating words of the director as he narrates the lame ending in storyboard mode.