Set in Miami, Florida, veteran Detective Matthews (Hans Hernke) gained his reputation by solving cases from his office, but when an aggressive sadistic serial killer threatens his city, he is forced to leave the confines of his precinct to hunt for him and a helpless kidnapped victim. As time is running out, his personal life and career begins to unravel and crumble around him in this crime/thriller story that tests the very limits of the human psyche!Written by
"Hidden Agendas" is a gritty crime drama that centers on a detective who must solve a kidnapping case while seemingly both his professional and personal life are crumbling around him. Hans Henke plays the lead role of Detective Matthews and does a good job portraying the different dynamics of a complicated character nearing the end of his rope. In one particular drunken scene his dialogue to his wife is almost frightening as his character does a complete 180 in personality. Valin Brenwen who plays the main antagonist gives a haunting performance reminiscent of horror film psycho rather than the villain of a crime drama. His portrayal of the creepy suspect is a welcoming change in tone at times in the film. Cameron Bigelow as the young detective brings teen idol looks to the otherwise older male dominant cast. The dynamic between he and Henke make for an interesting teacher/apprentice relationship. Real acting chops are shown by Adam Barnett who plays the Chief of Police. A performance worthy of a seasoned pro, his character really grounds the film in reality. The only deterrence of the acting ensemble are the female counter parts. I wouldn't necessarily blame the actresses as the characters seemed one note, without much for the artists to work with. I wish stronger, individual female characters were present as a few of the leading characters seem like the same individual and caricatures of other films.
All in all I recommend the film to anyone looking for an interesting crime drama. The backdrop of Miami is a welcoming setting of the film which almost serves as a character itself. The transition scenes add production value to the obviously independent film.
With a running time of less than 90 minutes viewing this film is not a chore at all for its audience who may opt to watch it just to pick out a few possible acting stars of the future.
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