Verdict: An engaging murder mystery.
It’s often said that revenge is sweet, but then forgiving is sweeter. FBI officer, Jess (Julia Roberts) certainly doesn’t believe in forgiving though as she searches for the man who murdered her teenage daughter.
Secret In Their Eyes begins with Jess’ colleague, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) claiming that he found the murderer after thirteen years. In a non linear narrative, the killing is shown as well as how the guilty got away. To reopen the case, they seek the help of Claire (Nicole Kidman), the district-attorney supervisor.
The chase sequences in the movie are very well done and some of the twists are truly stunning. A lot of emphasis is put on the relationship between Ray and Clair and never does it seems unnecessary. Director Billy Ray whose last film was the gripping drama, Captain Phillips is let down by a weak script. In spite of that, Ray does a decent job.
Besides the flashbacks, there isn’t much happening in the first hour. Only when things move to the present time do they gain momentum. The film’s biggest flaw is the writing. Thrillers need to keep you at the edge-of-your-seats and Secret In Their Eyes just about manages to do that. The movie moves slow and you might just find your interest wavering by the eventual reveal. Add to it, poor CGI that will make one seriously wonder if the movie was made on a shoestring budget.
Julia Roberts as always is brilliant. You feel for her character who is battling between her work ethics and personal loss. Chiwetel who was last seen in The Martian puts up a fine performance too. Nicole Kidman though is wasted as her character has little to offer.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The film is unlike other thrillers where things come at you fast. Things are built at an easy pace and if you’re a fan of such cinema, the film is worth a one-time watch.