Movie Review: Hide and Seek (2021), on Prime Video, is Satire That Falls Flat

Synopsis: When a government official plans to make a major steal from the government’s coffers on the eve of his retirement, he doesn’t realize how many other people are planning to make a grab at the money bag on the same night. It becomes a deadly game of hide and seek.

The Cast        

  • Dibor Adaobi  
  • Mojisola Adebanjo               
  • Bimbo Ademoye: Aishat
  • Demi Banwo: Orukpe
  • Fares Boulos: Ted Lugard
  • Olakunle Fawole        
  • Tosin Ibitoye      
  • Efa Iwara: Deji
  • Sani Mu’azu: Dr. Arzika
  • Akah Nnani: Chidi
  • Uche Nwaefuna: Nenrot
  • Jeff Nweke       
  • Helen Enado Odigie: Ivie
  • Kiki Omeili: Nnenna
  • Kunle Remi: James Kokori

The Crew

  • Bode Asiyanbi: co-producer
  • Abayomi Bello: executive producer
  • Tolu Lordtanner:  producer
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The Review

The maxim, “Too many cooks spoil the broth”, is true of the movie, Hide And Seek. There are a lot of actors, and the movie leaves you confused. It is supposed to be a crime comedy, but it does not fully explore both genres. The result is a tepid treatment of both genres.

In a bid to create suspense and tension, most of the action was left as flashbacks, leaving more confusion than suspense. A lot of loose threads are left at the conclusion of the movie, and not in a good way.

Filler scenes are liberally used, conversations are not memorable, and the actions scenes are not believable.

In the end, Hide And Seek is supposed to be a satire of the Nigerian situation, but the treatment leaves a lot to be desired, and I am left really confused by the movie. For example, those who are acting the crime part look like they are amused and not fully into the movie. The only redeeming quality for the movie is comedic actors, and even at that, a lot of the comedy falls flat.

The movie could have earned a 3 rating, but I keep wondering why I wasted my time watching it. The plot could have been tighter, it would have resulted in a shorter movie, but we would never know. I hope the director does a better job in future attempts at satirical movie.

NollyRated Score

Score: 2/5 (Sub Par Movie)

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  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
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