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 »
When detectives arrive at the scene of a homicide, Officer Fierro informs one of them, "... body appears to have been bleached, inside and out." Household laundry bleach would have left an odor, but the officer would have no way of knowing the perpetrator had given the body a vaginal douche or enema or irrigated the mouth. The first responders should not disturb the body beyond determining that the victim is in fact dead. Household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) evaporates quickly, but if it remains in contact with the skin for an extended period, possibly pooled in the navel or ear or between the body and a wash basin, it can stain the skin of a corpse yellow/brown to dark reddish brown, depending on the length of contact, dilution, temperatures and other factors. See more »
Finally a really good movie for a change. A movie that isn't "figured out" within the first 15 minutes. It holds the viewers attention for more than just the actors in it. The storyline is a grab and as the details roll out, twist after ohmygod twist, it holds you. I had no idea how this was going to end. Not a big fan of Nicole Kidman but she was decent in this role. I don't think of her on the caliber as Julia Roberts or Chiwetel Ejliofor are but she was decent at best. Glad to hear that Gwen Paltrow didn't get it, she would have ruined the role completely. I never thought in a million years Julia Roberts could look bad but she looked terrible in this film, and it was explained why from several different directions. She was amazing as always. Chiwetel Ejilofor carried this thriller from start to finish. He was really well casted and well played. I'll have to call this movie the sleeper of the year. Never heard a thing about it in the theaters. So much garbage is being made into movies these days, a shining star like this should have been talked up. A well known secret full of twists and yes...secrets.
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