Secret in Their Eyes Film Review

Film Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

The Review
It’s a big ask to remake the Oscar-winning Argentine film The Secret in Their Eyes, but the acting trio of Roberts, Kidman and Ejiofor are equal to the task.
Serviceable thriller director Billy Ray (Breach) has lifted his game after his Oscar-nom for writing Captain Phillips. There are some great sequences scattered throughout his third feature, including one set at a L.A. Dodgers game that opens with a phenomenal aerial shot. Probably helped original director Juan Jose Campanella was on hand as an executive producer.
Billy Ray has a lot to live up to with Campanella’s powerful and gorgeous winner of Best Foreign Film. If you’ve seen it the twists and turns just aren’t as shocking, but the acting is all class.
Now I haven’t been a big fan of Nicole Kidman, never knew what the fuss was about with this porcelain doll, but here she shows some balls and a little bit of sexy sass. We haven’t seen much of Julia Roberts of late, and playing the male character in the original she’s a welcome and solid return. But it’s Chiwetel Ejiofor who shows how it’s done, and he’s still on one hell of an acting hot streak after this year’s The Martian. And they’ve got good support from Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris and House of Cards Michael Kelly.

The Verdict
It might not stand up in direct comparison to the stunning Oscar-winning original, but on its own Secret in Their Eyes is a solid thriller with great performances from it’s three leads.

The Trailer


The Info
Releases: 19th November 2015
Rating: M -  Contains violence and offensive language
Duration: 111 minutes 
Genre:  Thriller
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts
Director: Billy Ray (Breach)

The Extras
This is a remake of the Academy Award winner film from Argentina, The Secret in Their Eyes (2009).

Julia Roberts's mother passed away during the production. Roberts returned to filming five days after the loss of her mother.

Julia Roberts' role was initially was earmarked for a male actor, but director and screenwriter Billy Ray rewrote it specifically for the actress.

Julia Roberts personally handpicked Nicole Kidman to be her co-star. She sent her an email going; "Will you do this with me?".

This is the first collaboration between the two actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman. Both actresses have been working since the 1980's, both won their Academy Award in the early 00's, and both have been among the highest paid actresses in the movie industry. According to the director 'Billy Ray' there was a healthy working relationship between the two; "There was enormous respect, great camaraderie, and, in my opinion - I don't know if either of them would ever admit to it - there was a very healthy, kind of athletic level of competitiveness. They both had such regard for each other and they both wanted to do their best because the other was in the movie."