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The Secret In Their Eyes is a tightly-plotted murder-revenge thriller that unfolds in leisurely, satisfying detail, cramming a whole miniseries’ worth of events into its two-hour running time. A remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name (from a novel by Eduardo Sacheri), The Secret In Their Eyes is an old-fashioned movie-movie with an A-list cast that’s hardly groundbreaking, but engrossing and substantial enough to recommend
Jumping back and forth between 2002 and current day, The Secret In Their Eyes makes its way through several genres; equal parts murder mystery, adult romance, buddy cop movie, and a discourse on national security and the death penalty. The plot hinges on the murder of the teenage daughter of a federal investigator and a co-worker’s 13 year quest to find justice. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Ray, a La-based G-man in 2002 on post-9/11 counter-terrorism duty, assigned to investigate chatter at local mosques. »
- Tom Stockman
Written and Directed by Billy Ray
Thrillers that contain no thrills aren’t exactly a rarity in Hollywood. It comes as no surprise, then, that Secret in Their Eyes fails to quicken a pulse. More surprising is its complete inability to establish tone, mood, or any sense of escalating tension. Everyone, including writer-director Billy Ray and leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, does acceptable work, but there’s just no pop here. The bar was simply set too high with Campanella’s 2009 Oscar Winner, making this tepid remake feel both ill-advised and ill-conceived.
“Passion always wins,” is an ironic mantra for Secret in Their Eyes considering what a dispassionate film it truly is. Perhaps a more accurate theme would be, “The past determines the present.” Every character seems doomed to travel »
- J.R. Kinnard
Read More: Watch: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman Seek Revenge in Intense 'Secret In Their Eyes' Trailer Remakes are tricky business even under the best of circumstances, but when you add in elements as fraught as "remaking an Oscar winner" or even "remaking a really recent Oscar winner," things get even more complicated. That's the undertaking screenwriter and director Billy Ray took on for his "Secret in Their Eyes," a new version of Juan Jose Campanella's "El secreto de sus ojos," which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (that film was inspired from another source, too, as Campanella worked alongside novelist Eduardo Sacheri to retrofit Sacheri's novel for the big screen). Fans of the original — and there are many, including Ray — will recognize plenty of elements in Ray's new film, although his Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts-starring feature has »
- Kate Erbland
Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Nicole Kidman round out the heavy-hitting cast of Secret in Their Eyes, the upcoming remake of the 2009 Argentinian Oscar winner, El Secreto de Sus Ojos. A new trailer for the film, in theaters on Oct. 23, has been released, and it's incredibly dark. Roberts plays an FBI investigator who discovers that her daughter has been brutally killed. Thirteen years after the murder, her colleague (Ejiofor) uncovers a lead that may point to the killer. The movie looks amazing (I can already see this cast touring award season together) but extremely difficult to watch. Until it's released, check out the trailer and Eduardo Sacheri's book, on which the movie is based. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Sneak Peek the upcoming thriller "Secret in Their Eyes", written and directed by Billy Ray, based on the 2005 novel "The Question in Their Eyes" by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri. starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris and Michael Kelly, opening October 23, 2015:
"...a team of FBI investigators, including 'Ray' (Ejiofor), 'Jess' (Roberts) and 'District Attorney' supervisor 'Claire' (Kidman), are torn apart...
"...when they discover that Jess' teenage daughter has been murdered.
"Thirteen years later, Ray returns to Los Angeles after uncovering a new lead that he feels can permanently resolve the case..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Secret In Their Eyes"...
- Michael Stevens
Drawing the basics of your script from a novel that has already been adapted overseas to Oscar-winning effect can be a daunting challenge. But it’s one that Shattered Glass writer/director Billy Ray has taken on with Secret In Their Eyes, bringing Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts along with him. The first trailer has now arrived.Taken from Eduardo Sacheri’s novel La Pregunta De Sus Ojos, this new film is attempting to follow Juan José Campanella’s 2009 Argentinian effort The Secret In Their Eyes, which went home with the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2010 Oscars. Along with knocking off that initial “The”, Ray tweaked the plot to add in more of a female presence in the lead when Roberts expressed her interest.The story follows similar lines, with Roberts and Ejiofor as FBI colleagues called to investigate a body found brutally murdered and left in a dumpster. »
The remake train continues to churn along in Hollywood and this time, the powers that be are taking on the 2009 Spanish thriller The Secret in Their Eyes which, upon its theatrical release in North America, made a big splash raking in a nice chunk of change and landing the movie on IMDb's top 250. All of this to say that the original is not some festival favourite few have seen.
The remake is being toted as more of a fresh take on Eduardo Sacheri's novel (which was also the basis for the first movie) about a team of FBI investigators whose lives are turned upside down they're called to a murder scene and discover the body of a teenage girl who happens to be the daughter of one of the investigators.
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Loving the new look, Julia Roberts! The actress debuted a different 'do while on the set of her new film The Secret in Their Eyes, and although we're a fan of her brunette and banged tresses, it's also very possible that Roberts is rocking a wig for the movie (but at least now we know that if she did decide to switch it up, this is a good alternative to her already-lovely locks). Julia also got a sweet visit from her hubby Daniel Moder, who stopped by the set in Pasadena, Calif., to hang out with his ladylove while she took a break from shooting. Billy Ray's remake of the 2009 Academy Award winner for foreign-language (directed by Juan Jose Campanella) is based on the Eduardo Sacheri novel »
There's a chance you might remember an Argentine and Spanish animated foosball film from back in 2013 that was called Futbolin or Metegol. Well, that film got picked up by The Weinstein Company, and they're releasing a dubbed version of the movie featuring an American cast and the new title of Underdogs. Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), singer Ariana Grande, Nicolas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bell Thorne (Blended), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and John Leguizamo all lend their voice to the film about two childhood foosball rivals who battle as one finds their home threatened by the other. Watch! Here's the Us trailer for the animated film Underdogs from The Weinstein Company: Underdogs is directed by Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and based on a short story called Memoirs of a Right Winger by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa. Eduardo Sacheri, who adapted The Secret in Their Eyes, and »
- Ethan Anderton
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