Hidden Secrets is a very realistic movie which might give some Christians a kidney punch to the gut; please excuse the unpleasant metaphor lol. I think this was a film which took a very risky approach. I’m certain some might feel such an approach is offensive and I respect them for taking the risk considering the ending of the film. Granted this unique direction wasn’t perfectly executed but it was certainly quite refreshing too. What do I mean by this? Let’s just say this movie was definitely unorthodox from the usual format.
Hidden Secrets begins on a stormy night with a man holding a gun to his head, when the screen fades to black, and the phone rings… Seconds later, it is revealed a man named Chris is dead. Chris’ funeral brings the attention of several including an old group of friends/associates; some who meet for the first time. When the friends meet together, the men of the group decide they want to repair the roof of Chris’ sister’s housing project. During this stay a variety of characters collide including an over zealous woman, a half Jewish Atheist, an uncertain sense of direction, and a love triangle. There were two controversial plot elements in this story I thought made the movie very interesting; only one I can tell to avoid spoilage.
Although there were some things which could have been better like giving more air time to Reginald VelJohnson (who most people know as Carl from Family Matters) and maybe extending the movie a little more, I thought this was a pretty good film. Throughout the movie scripture is spoken of, though sometimes not in the right contextual use but that is apart of the plot point lol, and I really liked the overall moral lesson in this film of not being so judgmental and Pharisaic. A lot of the times we Christians talk about avoiding sinfulness and encouraging others the same, but the idea of avoiding legalism and Pharisaism isn’t as common of a thought in Christian circles which I cannot help but support in promoting. The other very interesting, yet controversial plot point I cannot reveal exactly what it was in particular but let’s just say it is one which some might find it offensive, but I cannot help feeling it is shocking yet a great reminder of how available and wonderful God’s grace is for all of us. Any sinner who repents of their sin and puts their faith and allegiance in Jesus Christ is forgiven through the blood of Christ, no matter how terrible of a sin one may think… Such a great message and realistically presented.
TCP Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.