Hide and Seek is a thriller that surrounds the idea that someone else is living in your apartment, and taking it over. It builds around a South Korean family that lives in Seoul, where the family’s father has some unsolved business with his older brother.
The film leaves more unanswered questions than it answers. The whole film revolves around one single family, though the plot is something that happens a lot, or at least on a regular basis. You get the sense of a bigger situation when the family’s father discovers markings on the doors. As a thriller, the film delivers excitement with a twist. However, there are some parts of the film that does not sum up, like the fact that a lady of her size is capable of beating up a grown man. It may be a fresh twist in the bad guy perception in films like this, but something quite did not add up. Another point about the film that did not sum up was the amount of people that got knocked unconscious, and then suddenly woke up at the perfect moment. I lost count of how many times I thought someone died, to find out they were just sleeping it off. What happened to finishing the person off when he or she is trying to kill you?
The camerawork was decent enough, and the feel of the film was very good. The urban environment was well done, and you get the feel that Asian thrillers are known of delivering. However, the plot had way too many loose ends. The brother of the family father played a big role in the story, yet the director does not tell you or show you enough of why this part of the story is important. It is almost like the director uses the brother as an excuse to start off the story, and to make it evolve.
The idea that the poor is taking over the rich’s property is a good idea, and it sort of works, but the theme becomes kind of vague as the film progresses. You never get the sense that the director wants to shove you one way, but rather dances between several different themes and plots. Overall, I found it a rather poor film, although it definitely has had its moments.