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Hidden (2015)

A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.

Directors:

Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)

Writers:

Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)
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Complete credited cast:
Alexander Skarsgård ... Ray
Andrea Riseborough ... Claire
Emily Alyn Lind ... Zoe
Steven Elliot Steven Elliot ... Ted Neary
Heather Doerksen ... Jillian
William Ainscough ... Joey Neary
David Lewis ... Breather Lieutenant
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In the film, Ray (Skarsgård), Claire (Riseborough) and their seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, are an average American family in Kingsville, North Carolina - except they have existed in a bomb shelter since escaping a day of devastation that changed everything. For 301 days, they have transformed their cement prison into a home, holding on to memories of the past and hope for a normal life someday. And for 301 days, the family has eluded what looms above the surface - the heavy breathing and booming footsteps that punctuate the night, threatening their fragile existence. All the while, the family has managed to stay hidden. Until now. Now their safe haven has been breached... and something is coming for them. Written by John McLaughlan

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Fear will find you.


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Rated R for some violence/terror | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The little girl says 'They're here' - an homage to Carol Anne saying the same thing in Poltergeist. See more »

Goofs

When Ray was trying to escape the fallout shelter he broke his left shoulder so he could fit through the opening in the ceiling. Then in the next scene when Claire and Zoe became trapped under the net Ray showed up swinging and hitting the breathers with both arms. He shouldn't have been able to attack the breathers with his left arm because he had a broken left shoulder.. See more »

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Zoe: Olive said we had to hide
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) See more »

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The intriguing narrative centered on psychological torments and the clever twist absolutely warrant a viewing.
27 September 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Delivering tension without resorting to over exposure the "threats" is a great indication of how effective a horror movie is. Hidden works incredibly well with small scale, dark atmosphere and mental trial instead of ordinary gorefest. Its narrative is only hampered by a few technical or consistency flaws, which are forgivable towards the end.

Story follows a family of three as they hide from what seems to be a virus outbreak. It shows their current predicament while revealing the preceding events in timely fashion. This may feel like typical zombie movie, but the focus on this small cast is highly engaging. The slow pace from early on sets the tone very well, it gives more personalities to the distraught family that can resonate to audience.

Acting is solid all around, all three characters have appealing traits which also accompanied by natural weaknesses. Emily Alyn Lind as the daughter is fitting, most of the drama here can only work with her character. It's a hefty task for a child actor, but she's believably likable and innocent on screen.

What sets it apart is the twist on last act. To divulge it would be a disservice to the movie, but it's a fresh development from the usual movie of the kind. However, the visual might not be clear, perhaps to obscure the monster in question, but it's entirely too dark in some scenes. Characters sometimes act differently, like the daughter who appears mature, but acts childish when the plot demands it. That, along some other quirky disparities.

This is not the thriller or horror one might expect, but it's a fresh take on old genre. While it stumbles once or twice, it manages to separate itself from its peers with intense psychological thriller as well as nifty twist on last act.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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2.39:1
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