So do we like the new Julia Roberts- Nicole Kidman starrer? Well, for starters, the movie is based on an Oscar winning Argentine film called, “El secreto de sus ojos,” which was also known as, “The Secret in Their Eyes.” So it is hard not to compare the two. But if a director chooses to remake a good film, he obviously does so because he thinks he has a new angle in the film. And the film’s director, Billy Ray, makes just such a case for himself.
If you have never heard of the Argentine film, the new English movie will be a good introduction to the Oscar winning film. As always, some of the ideas have been underplayed and some motifs have been given more depth.
Hollywood, as per usual, finds a way to express a foreign idea in a way that American readers will understand and mull over. The old movie has a very Latin American idea of how a perpetrator of a crime can be spotted by just the look in their eyes. The American movie underplays the idea, along with the idea that a sensuous lady agent can seduce the truth out of a criminal.
The new movie instead focusses on what an average American would understand instantly – the pathos and longing of a mother for her teenaged daughter, who was brutally raped and murdered. The unspoken aura of grief permeates every scene in the movie. And this more or less defines Billy Ray’s stance on the whole story. It is sad and it lingers in the mind.
Vulture.com reports that the story is simple enough. An FBI Agent’s daughter is raped and murdered. And she can’t nail the criminal because he is an informant of the government. But someone tries to exact justice nevertheless.
Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor all portray their characters convincingly. Kidman shines as a woman who is feeling attracted to her colleague.
All in all, this is a good movie for people who like a solid introduction to a foreign language film before they take on the original with subtitles.
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