Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tense Chiller Let Down by a Cheesy Ending

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tense Chiller Let Down by a Cheesy Ending

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"Come out, come out, wherever you are!"

Sadly, when the final audacious twist of this atmospheric suspense-thriller does indeed `come out', plausibility stays firmly in hiding.

The tension, which director John Polson (Swimfan) and screen-writer Ari Schlossberg stoked for 90 minutes, dissipates in an instant.

Hide And Seek is not so much this year's The Sixth Sense as The Nonsense.

Following the sudden death of his wife, brilliant psychologist David Callaway (Robert De Niro) moves from Manhattan to a rented house in an eerie area of upstate New York.

He hopes to distance young daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning), from the tragic memories so that they can begin afresh. The traumatised girl seeks solace by inventing an imaginary friend called Charlie. At first, David sees Charlie as an emotional outlet and way for Emily to express herself, and his colleague, child psychologist Katherine (Famke Janssen), agrees.

But the invisible entity's hold on Emily tightens and David begins to suspect Charlie might in fact be a flesh-and-blood malevolent presence. …

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