There’s nothing I like better than a good, end of the world type movie. The Apocalypse is always ripe for the cinematic picking, and Hidden is a decent addition to the oft-cluttered, end of the world films.
Filmed in 2012 but only just seeing the light of day on DVD and VOD via Warner Home Video, Hidden is the tale of a family of three – Ray (Alexander Skarsgard), Claire (Andrea Riseborough) and Zoe (child actor Emily Alyn Lind) – who have sequestered themselves in a bunker following some sort of event that is revealed throughout the duration of the movie. There are food supplies that are being stolen by something unseen and the family lives in fear of ‘the breathers’ that roam the outside world. Somehow, the family manages to carry on via a mixture of love, practicality and rules to live by.
Though it moves a bit too slow at times, I genuinely thought Hidden was a solid and thoughtful film. The performances are all excellent, and you feel like you’re watching a real family navigate the treacherous waters of a frightening new world and their own potential status quo. There are a few moments of what I would call suspect CGI, but for the most part Hidden looks good.
Films like Hidden rely on their reveals and Hidden is absolutely in possession of an interesting explanation as to what happened to the world surrounding our protaganists. Perhaps, scarily enough, it all seems somewhat plausbile in today’s world.
Written and directed by The Duffer Brothers, Hidden is out this week.