Jean-Paul’s Rating: 3/5 stars
Bottom Line: An effective, if not great, thriller. Some motivations are unclear. One of the creepiest workplace romance subplots ever.
I can’t do this review justice as I’m writing this three months after actually seeing the movie so this is going to be short and sweet. C’est la vie.
“Secret in Their Eyes” is about a tight knit group of investigators/attorneys who fall apart after one of their own, Jess (Julia Roberts) loses a child in a brutal murder. It is an enjoyable movie and mostly effective. There are a few somewhat off subplots, one of which is germane to the plot and the other of which is creepy. The creepy one involves the obsessed investigator, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) (best name ever), and the district attorney, Claire (Nicole Kidman). I would best describe it as an accepted workplace harassment as Ray creeps on Claire. It is exceedingly weird, all the more so since they eventually pseudo get together. There’s also some motivation issues with the movie that are hard to suspend reality for. For one, why does Jess go along with Ray’s plan? The wrap up also leaves a lot to be desired.
The movie does have a great cast and they do a fine job of making their lives mostly believable. Also, someone should really get a best makeup award for this movie because they did one hell of a job on aging the characters, especially Julia Roberts. All this puts “Secret in Their Eyes” solidly in the “worth watching but you’re not missing much if you don’t see it” camp.