2002: Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess Cooper (Julia Roberts) are two investigators in a private police unit led by the DA. When they receive an anonymous tip about a girl raped and killed, they rush to the scene. Ray realizes it is Jess' daughter and the team falls apart due to the grief. In 2015, Ray comes back to LA, and says that after 13 years, he has found a lead and convinces the DA to reopen the case. They find clues and leads unknown to them, and secrets from the past come to light as they start discovering the real, chilling truth. Meanwhile, Jess, dissatisfied with the law, decides to take matters into her own hands and track down the killer, no matter what lengths she has to go to.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts are both previous 2014 Oscar nominees. Ejiofor was nominated for 12 Years A Slave (2013) and Roberts was nominated for August: Osage County (2013). See more »
In the first scene when you see the body in the dumpster it is laying on a bunch of trash but in the next scene when she climbs into the dumpster, the body is laying on the bottom with no trash. See more »
The horror is having watched the original and seeing this
Leave it to Hollywood to try to take a great original film and jazz it up with their politics and false polish.
First let's toss in an interracial relationship and class structure to give everyone a teaching moment. Then lets change other details to make things seem even more compelling, dramatic and extraordinary. That's because the original film, which was great, just wasn't amped up enough.
In the original film we watch a detective who has had a friendship with the DA. There are questions about "what if" regarding a current between them but, what drives the film, is the retired detective haunted by a crime he could not solve. A beautiful woman is raped and murdered in a terrible fashion and her lover is overcome with incredible sorrow. His reinvestigation into the murder also connects him with his loose end in his search to answer both questions. And the cast and script is riveting.
In this film that doesn't happen. The person murdered is the daughter of one of the investigators, which goes unsolved. And then a team member returns many years later to reopen the case and question about the grieving mother and former team member and her zeal to find the murderer.
I give it 1 star because I have to. I give it another star for the fact that I've seen much worse. But it is a tragedy that this film tears down the greatness of the original. On the bright side it isn't as pitifully bad as Spike Lee's Oldboy remake, which could be one of the worst ever. This is along the level of the remake of Spoorloss into "The Vanishing." Rip the essence out of what makes the movie great and try to throw your spin on something that really doesn't need fixing at all.
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