Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, and Zoe Graham
Directed by Billy Ray
Thus is the story of Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of a well-regarded Argentinean film from 2009. Spanning more than a decade and told in two parallel-running time frames, director-writer Billy Ray's film doesn't achieve the emotional resonance that a revenge-driven story should innately contain. The heaviness accompanying the piece is understandable - I mean, we're dealing with the murder of a teenager - but the film never converts the hefty drama to palpable emotional connections with the characters. We're given three talented actors in Ejiofor, Kidman, and Roberts, yet their scenes together lack oomph. Something just doesn't quite click here which is unfortunate because this is the kind of movie - steeped in tones of film noir - that I'm inherently drawn to appreciate. Perhaps I should watch the original...but I'll wait a few years to get the memory of this disappointing flick out of my mind.
The RyMickey Rating: C-