Secret in Their Eyes

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Secret in Their Eyes wastes its incredible cast on a remake that fails to improve upon -- or even make a compelling case for its own existence in addition to -- the remarkable original.

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Rising FBI investigators Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with Claire (Nicole Kidman), their district-attorney supervisor, are suddenly torn apart following the brutal murder of Jess' teenage daughter. Thirteen years later, after obsessively searching for the elusive killer, Ray uncovers a new lead that he is certain can permanently resolve the case and bring long-desired closure to the team. But no one is prepared for the shocking and unspeakable secret that follows.

Cast & Crew

Dean Norris
Bumpy Willis
Michael Kelly
Reg Siefert
Joe Cole
Marzin, Beckwith
Zoe Graham
Carolyn Cobb
Alfred Molina
Martin Morales
Billy Ray
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Billy Ray
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Mark Johnson
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Stuart Ford
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Deborah Zipser
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Russell Levine
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Lee Jea Woo
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Robert Simonds
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Matt Berenson
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  • May 08, 2016
    Intrigue and melodrama abound with the Secret in Their Eyes, a film that is told earnestly through flashbacks and present day-all centering on the inexplicable abduction and murder of a Terrorism Task Force Agent's daughter. It's a film that relies heavily on dialogue, which was good, and high stakes drama when suspects are determined then let go for political reasons. The film is thus a vehicle for many things-politics and the war on terror, revenge, and grief. It has a terrific ensemble cast that all interact well with each-other. It's a film that is good, yet never quite as good as it thinks it is. It gets too clever with its plot mechanisms-often losing the sight of the logistics of the crime to where the audience becomes confounded by the motives, even if we're still interested in the "who done it" aspect of the film. The acting can also be over-the-top, and there are many parts where the film seems to be trying too hard. That said, it is very atmospheric, and represents a sort of old school noir that is hard not to get hooked by. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2016
    Secret In Their Eyes is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller. The story follows a former FBI agent who, after 13 years, has tracked down the killer of his best friend's daughter and seeks to finally bring him to justice. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, the performances are quite good. And the script is well-written, doing an impressive job at building the investigation and paralleling the present and past storylines. However, the killer is underdeveloped; as he's more of a passive character, with the focus being on the investigators. And the ending is a bit challenging; delving into some uncomfortable morally gray areas. Yet overall, Secret In Their Eyes is an extremely provocative and enthralling crime drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2016
    Although it's a bit slowly paced, the story is exciting, tense and inventive. I did not see the ending coming at me. However, that is partly because the story was quite hard to follow. The story is presented both in the present and 13 years prior. The problem is that it's nearly impossible to tell what is happening now, and what happened 13 years ago. Sure, there a little hints (one character limps now; Ejiofor has a few specks of gray in his hair, though not many), but unless you're constantly doing a detail check, you can easily miss that you have shifted back or forward in time. It's really quite perplexing. In the end, I just gave up and decided if something seemed out of place, then I must have been watching a different timeline 10 minutes ago. The performances were all strong and nuanced -- likely the best I've seen from Kidman. But even the best performances did not make the timeline easy to follow.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2016
    A solid remake where the gender reversal works brilliantly but the third act doesn't. What is without question an ace card, is Julia Roberts, who is on terrific form here - awards worthy even - utterly believable and captivating in her grief and need for justice, even when the plot twists become increasingly hard to swallow.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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