2002: Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess Cobb (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.Written by
This is the first collaboration between the two actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman. Both actresses have been working since the 1980s, won their Academy Award in the early 2000s, and have been among the highest paid actresses in the movie industry. According to 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." See more »
Nicole Kidman's speaks with her native Australian accent in some scenes, but in a North American accent throughout the majority of the film. See more »
An American remake, of the 2009 Argentine thriller 'THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES' (which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film). The movie tells the story of a former FBI investigator, who's still trying to track down the killer, of his old partner's teenage daughter; 13 years later. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Dean Norris. It was written and directed by Billy Ray; based on the Argentine book 'The Question in Their Eyes' (by Eduardo Sacheri), and the script adapted from it (written by Sacheri and Juan Jose Campanella). I saw the original movie, and it's a much better film!
Two FBI agents, Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess (Roberts), are investigating the scene of a murder, when they discover that Jess's daughter (Zoe Graham) is the victim. They're able to track down, and arrest, the most likely suspect (Joe Cole); but he's set free, due to the fact that he's a government informant. Ray obsesses over the case, for 13-years, until he relocates the man, he thinks is the same suspect. He comes back to Los Angeles, after leaving the FBI, and asks his old supervisor (Kidman), who he's also long had feelings for, to reopen the case.
The original Argentine film was fantastic; I gave it 4.5 stars (out of 5), back when I first saw it (in 2010). This movie is well-made, to a certain extent, and well-acted; but it definitely doesn't live up to the original. Ejiofor and Roberts both give outstanding performances, in the film though, like they always do; and the scene of Roberts finding her murdered daughter, is hauntingly memorable. The movie is worth seeing, just to watch the two of them.
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