I became a fan of Christian Kane's through watching the series 'Leverage'. I can't stand Horror movies, but I tentatively gave this a try just because he's in it. Being from Texas and knowing lots of people who have strong Southern accents (as well as lots of uneducated 'hicks'), I did find that both actors (Kane and Minor) overdid it. (Minor more than Kane.) Both actors had a tendency to slur their words and talk in the back of their throats, as though uneducated people can't even speak properly. However, despite that, I was very impressed with Kane's performance. Despite the violence and the constant cursing, he did an excellent job of portraying a real, complete character - a man who started out as a sociopath and, after seven years in prison, comes to regret the life he led. Or so it seems.
If you're looking for action, this is not the movie for you. 'Hide' is a lot of talking, a lot of introspection, and a lot of thinking and soul-searching. And it's not about what you think it's about. But Kane does an excellent job of making the character 3-dimensional and not merely a caricature as so easily could have happened. (I'm reminded of Vin Diesel's work in 'Pitch Black' where he took what could have been a mere villian and made the character complex and fascinating.) Kane took long speeches and made them interesting. I found myself nodding as I followed the character's thought processes and actually believing that someone would think that way. Not agreeing with him, you understand. Just believing in the character.
The movie is confusing and you have to pay attention to figure out what's actually going on as there are is a lot of jumping around in time. There are flashbacks and flash forwards and the entire film is very oddly put together. But it works, somehow, and the interesting twist at the end not only saved the movie, but it turned it into something other than a mere slasher/horror film. Now that I know what the movie was actually about, I find I want to go back and watch it again. Once you understand what's happening (and the ending is a very "OMG, that's what it's about!" experience; think 'Revolver' or 'Fight Club'), then everything falls into place and you feel you can go back and ignore the violence and just pay attention to the character.
If you like to watch someone really work a character, if you enjoy a well-drawn character who is despicable but fascinating, if you enjoy a movie that will suck you in even as it repulses you, if you enjoy having to think about your entertainment, and if you can get past the violence and the cursing, then this is actually a pretty good movie and I recommend giving it a try. I give the overall movie 3 stars because I don't like horror and violence, but I give the plot surprise 4 stars. I give Kane's performance 5 stars. He really surprised and impressed me and I look forward to seeing more of his work. Hopefully in a less bloody and violent movie, though.