Saturday, 20 April 2019

Thrills and chills in Oscar-winning tale

SECRET in Their Eyes follows a team of FBI investigators who fall apart when they discover

SECRET in Their Eyes follows a team of FBI investigators who fall apart when they discover that one of their teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Written and directed by Billy Ray, the writer of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, the story begins 13 years on when Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to Los Angeles and uncovers a new lead that could finally solve the case.

But Jess (Julia Roberts) is unsatisfied with the law and decides to take matters into her own hands when tracking down the killer of her daughter.

However, no one is prepared for when they discover the shocking and chilling secret of personal vengeance.

A heavily layered mystery, Secret in Their Eyes also stars Nicole Kidman and is a remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film El Secreto de sus Ojos. However, the original had a different storyline, being based around a legal counsellor who writes a novel in the hope of finding closure for an unresolved homicide case that still haunts him.

Billy Ray takes on the challenge of remaking a film that won the Oscar for best foreign language film back in 2009 and received a Bafta nomination for best film not in the English language.

However, his film will have a different take on the story, including the addition of new characters.

Remaking a successful Oscar-winning film can be risky, but as the previous version was so successful it makes sense that Hollywood should have wanted to recreate the story in an English language setting. With a stellar cast, the remake’s gripping and intellectual storyline does well to combine the past and present whilst exploring the boundaries between justice and revenge.

Secret in Their Eyes is sure to be another intense and haunting thriller from Billy Ray, with twists and turns that create suspense throughout and could give the film theatrical staying power.

The film is showing at the Henley Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday).

With the Academy Awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, the cinema is also screening a number of Oscar contenders over the coming week.

Review: Rachel Young

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