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THE HIDE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Marek Losey

Starring:
Alex MacQueen
Phil Campbell
Laura Hopwood

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star star star star
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Meet Roy Tunt. Roy is a bit of a nut in that he's gripped by an intense case of OCD. He's a bird watcher, and he has decided to visit a rarely-populated hide (bird watching location) to try and see a rare bird. Of course, things are never easy for poor Roy, who ends up coming across a beaten and battered young man named Dave who is trying to find refuge. All is going seemingly well, until Roy catches wind of the police being on the hunt for a wanted man.
Is it good movie?
This one is a real sort of odd couple character study, with one buttoned down twitchy uptight collector who talks to a photo of his ex-wife meeting up with the rough and tumble tatted-up tough guy who meets him at the wrong place and wrong time.

However, the men begin to forge a somewhat uneasy bond (over sandwiches, no less) and start killing time together until that fateful radio message blares through warning us that there's a man of caution on the loose who fits Dave's build, and the tension begins to mount.

Based on a small two man play, this one focuses on uncomfortable relationships between two people who are forced to look each other over and eventually end up telling one another their innermost secrets and desires. It's an interesting dynamic, watching his frantic and meticulous bird watcher dealing with the intensity of the potential criminal.

The acting here is top notch and it shines through, as the performances anchor the film. There are a lot of little details that come out throughout the film that reveal more about the plot as it goes on (both spoken and unspoken, Dave has some nasty flashback thought processes that reveal some unfriendly things).

This isn't a completely serious movie, as it holds many darkly comedic moments throughout while both characters are interrupting one another's world. The movie does build and build until you really gain a sense of danger for the participants. Is Dave really the man he says he is? Is Roy innocent, or does he hold nasty secrets (why does he love power tools so much)? There's a lot to be learned through little physical "tells" and words being dropped.

The film leads up to a tense, nasty discovery that really rocks the film's foundation. You might see it coming, but I'll admit I didn't totally have it. If you have a sharp eye, you'll pick up a few things. With that said, it wraps things up well and in an undoubtedly unconventional way.
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The Hide is a great, tense and original thriller of a movie that provides some great insight and even a few laughs along the way. I highly recommend it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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