CAST & CREW
A top-notch cast and a winning idea may not deliver a perfect outcome. Billy Ray’s Secret in The Eyes is a glaring example of this statement.
Well, don’t confuse this film with “The Secret in the Eyes”. Hollywood has a renowned tradition of being inspired from different plots; interspersing the good qualities of those eminently reproducible flicks. And Secret in their Eyes is inspired from the 2010 Argentina Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes. The Secret In the Eyes dealt with a rape murder wherein proper justice was not meted out to the victim as well as the legal group. The tedious what-is-the-story-behind-the-killing was expertly handled in the 2010 thriller with Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil giving a life-time performance.
And now, Secret In The Eyes happens in two time frames including 2002 and 2015. In 2002, where the twin-tower attack took place and where security is still in full force, the members of Counter Terrorism Joint Task Force are asked to investigate a body which was thrown in a garbage before a mosque. And here is the twist of the story (I am not letting it out..the trailers even show that). The body is found to be of Caroline Cobb, who is the offspring of Julia Roberts. Is this a coincidence or a well-planned act? And here, Roberts is a member of the force. Chiwetel Ejiofor, another member of the task force, diligently takes the case besides sufficient warning. Ejiofor even dares to take the case as private one owing to some revelations. He even goes to the extent of re-opening the case after 13 years, satisfied that he has ultimately caught the murderer. There is also the one-side love affair of Eljofor for Nicole Kidman.
Being obsessed with justice can lead to a point wherein they start dominating your lives. The film basically revolves around a period of 13 years, and the trap laid for the killer is told here. Well, what would you expect from the film? Is this film is of suspense genre? A strict no since the suspense is blatantly burted out in the earlier stages itself by revealing who the killer is. The trailers also show that the killed one is the daughter of the police officer itself. Is it a thriller? Again a negative affirmation since we know at the outset itself who is killed. Then what is it that makes the film work? Well, it is the emotional effect that has been caused to the chasers that is the highlight of the flick; Ejiofor is depressed with the inability to be beaten by the freed killer.
Ray, who has also donned the role of a co-writer has come forward to showcase the fear post 9/11. The scene wherein Roberts and Ray are bequeath the job of investigating the case, and the following finding that it is none other than Roberts’ daughter, is indeed noteworthy. Also the scene when Kidman makes use of sexual competence to get a confession of a lifetime from a thoroughly hoodwinked Cole (the murderer) deserves mention. And not to miss the scene wherein Roberts meets face-to-face with the murderer of her daughter.
Chiwetel Ejiofor has come out with a splendid performance. Kidman, as the perfect stoic, has done a neat job. And Roberts is a real revelation. She is just awesome as the bereaved mother, who is distraught at the horrendous death of her daughter. But again, her composure is something which is commendable Dean Norris, Joe Cole and Michael Kelly have done a decent job.
1. The efficient pace of the film makes it worth a watch.
What’s not there?
1. The oscillating between two different periods seems to be the greatest disadvantage of the flick.
2. The movie works only in bits and pieces.
I wish there is a Hollywood remade film which completely gives a tribute to its inspirer. Is that just a mirage?
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