WRITTEN BY: Billy Ray
DIRECTED BY: Billy Ray
STARRING: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman
RATING: 3 stars
About 13 years after a horrific unsolved crime is committed against the daughter of his colleague Jess (Julia Roberts), Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) gets a new lead and presents it to his former love interest Claire (Nicole Kidman), who is now the district attorney. The reason the crime went unsolved at the time was because it interfered with a counter-terrorism investigation, but that is no longer the case and Ray is determined the find the culprit years later.
I was entirely engrossed in the film from start to finish, although it was slow in parts. But upon reflection, I found too many plot holes and moments of convenience. That being said, Secret in Their Eyes is thrilling and edgy. This is a remake of the Academy Award winning film from Argentina. The narrative jumps back and forth between 2002 and the present day, which is an effective way of telling the story. Ejiofor carries the film and does a great job, especially in some of the more emotional scenes such as the discovery of a body that shocks the protagonists. Roberts is also compelling, but I am not sure why her character has to look so frumpy. Kidman, in comparison, looks far more glamorous but her character has little substance. The believability of the relationship between Ray and Claire is also questionable. Ultimately, Secret in Their Eyes is tragic, gripping and has a some good twists, but there are certainly some issues with the finer details.