Warning – spoilers ahead…
I went and saw the movie Hidden the other night. I wouldn’t recommend it…
A strong ending would have made up for the very slow pace of the film, with some interminably long static shots, that initially I thought were interesting, but quickly tired of.
The plot does eventually start to pick up some steam, with one particularly shocking and unexpected scene that had the whole theatre gasping. But the writers and director then seem to not know where to take the ending, and we’re left at the end wondering “what did we miss?”
I’ve since crawled through some of the discussions on the ever helpful IMDB, only to find that I didn’t miss anything. That the ending was what it was – and that was disappointing.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t need my movies bundled up and tidy at the end. Some of the best films I’ve seen have left things “up in the air” to great effect, leaving you wondering and thinking. But if that was the intention with this film, for some reason it doesn’t hit the mark, instead it left me frustrated and annoyed.
When I found out that the director had deliberately left out dialogue at the end, it made me even more annoyed – because of the implausibility of two bit-part characters having anything to do with the main event.
It seems as though the director and screenwriter, with no idea how to devise a cracking ending, just threw their hands up in the air and went “Meh – whatever. Let’s just leave it like that and let them figure it out.”
I’d give it 2.5/5 – with a strong ending, it would have been a lot higher.