Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Hide and Seek


Robert DeNiro plays psychologist, Dr. David Callaway, that lives in New York with his daughter. After the apparent suicide of his wife, they move to upstate to start a new life. As their new lives progress, the daughter, Emily, develops an invisible friend named Charlie. After things start turning up dead around their new home, David begins to become more wary of the way Emily is friends with this “Charlie.” After becoming a little too paranoid one night, David ends up realizing that during his times that he thought he was working in his office he was actually falling into a state where his alter ego, Charlie, comes out and kills others that are around them. His split personality was the one that killed his wife and made it look like a suicide, he also killed the cat, Elizabeth (his friend that he had began to date), and a sheriff. He also tries to go after the family friend, Katherine, who called on by Emily for help. After chasing Charlie down in to the cave where he first met Emily, Katherine is able to shoot and kill David.

The suspenseful thrill of the movie shows how there is always a darker side to the human psyche. Whether one is aware of it or not, the other side of the human mind that keeps these kinds of behaviors hidden can easily be turned off by a simple switch in the brain. The film also reveals that although one strives to be good, the bad can sometimes outweigh the good in certain situations. Evil is always lurking in the dark side of the human. No matter how advanced we may become, the line that was drawn that separated the good and domestic from the savage and brutal can easily be crossed. Therefore, this kind of evil is one that is not too far from reality.

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One response

  1. chrismfdaniels

    I like how this movie came out around the same time as Johnny Depp’s gardening movie. Both examine how the mind works internally and how we as humans can be the victims of our own foils. If looking for a good follow up to this kind of thriller, I suggest watching Martin Scoreses’s Shutter Island.

    May 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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