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Secret in Their Eyes is Almost more than We can Bear

Updated on May 21, 2016

Secret in their Eyes

A solid crime drama
A solid crime drama | Source

Credits

Secret in Their Eyes: Rated “PG-13“ (1h. 51min.)

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina

Directed by: Billy Ray

A Powerful Tale

If you are looking for a tough, gritty crime drama that will not only keep your attention throughout its runtime, but will completely engross you in the intricacies of the story as well as the lives of the characters, then you will surely want to watch this film. Based on the eponymous book by Eduardo Sacheri this book tells a very heart-rending story of a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder.

Secret in Their Eyes [Blu-ray]

Secret in Their Eyes [Blu-ray]
Secret in Their Eyes [Blu-ray]

Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts star in this intense, haunting thriller that explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge. A tight-knit team of rising investigators – Ray (Ejiofor), Jess (Roberts) and their supervisor Claire (Kidman) – is torn apart when Jess’s teenage daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. After obsessively searching for the elusive killer every day for 13 years, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain will resolve the case. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.

 

A Very Heart-Rending Story

Ray Kasten (Ejiofor) and Jess Cooper (Roberts) are a pair of investigators on a private police unit led by the DA. When they receive an anonymous tip about a girl that has been raped and killed, they rush to the scene. Upon discovering the body, Ray immediately realizes that it is Jess’ daughter. The discovery causes and the team to fall apart due to the resulting grief. Ray leaves the team, but after 13 years he returns to LA, to inform the others that he believes that he has found a lead on the killer, and convinces the DA to reopen the case. The new investigation uncovers clues and leads that were previously unknown to the team, as well as some secrets from the past that come to light as they start discovering the real, chilling truth about what happened that night to Cooper’s daughter.

Secret in Their Eyes Official Trailer #1

Telling the Tale

Part of the problem, as it turns out, is that the prime suspect is being protected by other agencies for reasons that escape the cops on his trail. So, with the cops out to nail him and other forces intent on protect ting him it makes for terse confrontations. Meanwhile, Jess, dissatisfied with the inability of law, to settle accounts, has decided to take matters into her own hands and track down the killer, no matter what lengths she has to go to in order to get it done. Upon his return to the case, 13 years later, Ray finds that he is still as thwarted in his quest to find Jess’ daughters’ killer as he was the first time around.

The Detectives are on the Case

Hunting for a killer.
Hunting for a killer. | Source

A Riveting Conclusion

As it happens, this is the second film version of this story, as it originally was made as an Argentinian film in ’09. Further, this version of the film recast the Julia Roberts role for a woman from its original male part. While we never read the book (or saw the Argentinian version), but we can’t help but to feel that by re-casting it as a woman, it made not only the entire film, but essentially the ending far more poignant. By casting that role as female, it not only fundamentally altered the tenner of the film, but made the emotional content of the drama far more compelling.

Julia Roberts looks amazingly unattractive in this film
Julia Roberts looks amazingly unattractive in this film | Source

The Secret in Their Eyes (Movie Tie-In Edition)

The Secret in Their Eyes (Movie Tie-In Edition)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Interweaving past and present, this deeply layered mystery explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge, and asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?

 

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