Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Duration: 111 minutes
India Release Date: 20-NOV-2015
A tight-knit team of rising investigators – Ray and Jess, along with their supervisor Claire – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.
Overall Review: Based on the Argentinean film: “El Segreto de sus ojos”, Hollywood remake is unfortunately a reasonable, rather than gripping drama. The Argentinean film included details of that country’s so-called Dirty War as part of the plot; the hollywood remake instead uses 9/11 as its backdrop. Additionally, the sex of one of the key characters is changed, but otherwise, the story outlines are same. Film is about regrets, politics, the passage of time and the horrific bonds between Ray, Claire and Jess. Secret In Their Eyes is never as engaging as perhaps it should be. Film is a glorified and overlong LAPD Crime episode.
Performance & Technical Review: The performances are all kind of off-beat. Julia Roberts being the central character is definitely the best one. The rest of the cast is just flat honestly. The film is also inconsistent with tone. Ray’s handling of the films structure is worse, with the parallel story lines (separated by 13 years) linked via clumsy editing affects the film’s flow as both a procedural and a drama.
PDF Verdict: Hollywood remake Secret in Their Eyes boasts a superstar pedigree but features none of the mystery, passion or innovation that the Argentinian original had. In the end we are treated to a fine thriller that doesn’t live up to its potential and only manages to justify its length. Secret In Their Eyes is never as engaging as perhaps it should be. Film is a glorified and overlong LAPD Crime episode.
Ratings: 2 on 5
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Screenplay: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2.5 on 5