"Secret in Their Eyes" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Alfred Molina. Released on November 20, 2015, the film has a group of FBI investigators solving a 13-year-old murder case.
The film is directed by Billy Ray, who also directed Shattered Glass and Breach and wrote screenplays for films such as Volcano, The Hunger Games, and Captain Phillips. It is based on the 2005 novel by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri and the 2009 Argentine film directed by Juan Jose Campanella. STX Entertainment, the distributer of the film, delivered their surprise hit, The Gift, back in August, so for their second film this year, they decided to release an American remake of the 2009 Argentine film, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. I have not seen the Argentine film, so I'm going to be reviewing it as its own film.
Good performances from the cast. Ejiofor was stunning as Ray. Kidman, Roberts, and Molina provided solid supporting performances.
The sequence in Dodgers stadium was the best component of the film.
The twist near the end was a little surprising.
Some slow pacing.
The story was not as compelling as I thought it would be.
The screenplay lacked emotional depth, but passable at times.
Final thoughts: I respect the talented cast and its interesting concept, along with a surprise twist, but they're not enough to solve the flaws that "Secret in Their Eyes" have, such as its slow pacing and its weak storyline. It's passable for those who are into investigation films, but for those who aren't, it's worth watching at home.