One of those “hidden” kind of titles on Netflix, this Marvista film promises to be a little more thriller like than it actually is, but it’s still a mostly interesting watch.
Hidden in Plain Sight (2019) Netflix TV Film Review
In her before life, Katie (Victoria Barabas) lives a kind of fairy tale life. Her work at an art gallery is fulfilling and in her job she meets Nick (Gino Anthony Pesi). Attractive, extremely wealthy and charming, Katie and Nick move into a relationship faster than she knows is wise. Yet here they are, spending most of their time together. Small scary things lead up to darkness when, after an intruder attempts to kill Katie, Nick murders him in front of her and warns her to tell no one – not even police, about this.
Today, Katie is Anna, living in a small town where no one, not even her mother, knows where she is. She works hard all for the benefit of her son. Her good life is about to come crashing down when Nick returns and angry over what she did to him, he’s looking for payback.
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When I first saw this title card on Netflix, for some reason, I assumed it was foreign. Since I don’t do foreign films unless they’re in English (I find that as I don’t speak other languages, there’s too much “disconnect” for me to really be invested), I skipped over it. However I did realize that wasn’t true and so finally, not knowing anything about this, I did give it a chance.
For the most part, this is a pretty good film. It’s especially good for those who aren’t into high intensity thrills but now and then enjoy a mystery. It’s got some tense moments depending on your level of tolerance. I’ve seen films WAY more intense than this, however there is murder and a chase through the woods, too. The film may not paint the healthiest of pictures (though we like to hope a good future for the character), however I do sympathize with Anna and understand why she does what she ultimately does.
All in all, Hidden in Plain Sight is a pretty good 90-minute mystery. Some of the “getting there” explanations are a little sketchy (like why does Nick suddenly believe there’s more to Katie’s story?), but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t change who he is or what he does. There’s a nice balance of normalcy and mystery though if it bothers you, this one does some time jumps (present, eight years later, back again and on it goes). There’s some good things and some unfortunate missteps in the film, but if you just want something chill to watch on a weekend (and mystery is your thing), this may be an interesting option.
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You can find Hidden in Plain Sight digitally on Amazon Video or at publication, with Netflix
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Content: There’s one implied sex scene [the couple returns to the apartment with passionate kissing and they start to undress]. Secondly, there’s a scene of them lying in bed [he rolls over on her before the scene cuts away]. A man strangles someone and another character sustains two fatal bullet shots. The film is TV-14.
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