Flash Movie Review: Secret in Their Eyes

The word “determination” not only has assertive connotations associated with it, it even sounds strong. The dictionary defines determination as a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult. Just last night after coming home from shopping at a couple of retail establishments I discovered my charge card was missing. I mentally retraced my steps from the stores, to the car, to home, to sweeping the sidewalks of fallen leaves, to entering the house and hanging up my coat. When I later went back to my coat to retrieve the charge card, I checked all the pockets even though I was sure I had put it in the outside pocket of my sleeve which I had already found open and empty. Taking a flashlight I went outside and started to scan the sidewalks, only to find no trace. The pile of leaves that I swept into the street was approximately 7 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet high. Everyone sweeps their leaves into the street where the city comes and picks them up. In the dark, in the cold I started to investigate the mound of dead leaves as I slowly followed the flashlight’s beam of light. Carefully moving leaves aside as if I was an archaeologist, I intently looked for any sign of my card. After 30 minutes freezing in the cold with an aching back from stooping over, my eyes caught the sight of a tiny sliver of blue color barely peeking out between two overlapping leaves. I could not believe I actually found my charge card within all those leaves; my determination paid off. Determination can be a powerful motivator as you can see in this mystery thriller.    INVESTIGATING a crime scene partners Ray and Jess, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian) and Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love, Closer), discovered the victim was Jess’ daughter. Ray would make it his mission to bring the killer to justice; it was the least he could do for Jess. This film was a remake of the Oscar winner from Argentina. The cast, including Nicole Kidman (Paddington, Before I Go to Sleep) as Claire, was pretty top-notch. Unfortunately they were totally wasted in this dreadful production. The story kept jumping back and forth in time to the point where it was annoying me. I never felt a connection to the characters simply because the script was so dull. Sure the actors did their best and I actually wanted to be interested in their characters; however, I disliked the minimum amount of time spent with them in each scene. The story dragged for me and I never quite understood what motivated Ray so much. In addition I thought the story line between Ray and Claire was unnecessary. If I was not determined to see and review so many movies I would have taken a pass on this one.


1 3/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 24, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Oh dear… I wonder if the original Argentinian production was any good. It may have been. Very often the original movies seem to be far better than the Holywood remakes.

  2. At he original was one of the best movies I have ever seen……rent it!

  3. Interesting. There must have been something about the original that made them think it was worth remaking. It makes me wonder if the Argentinian original might be worth checking out.

  4. Since I really liked the Argentinian original I wondered why I would see this one instead of rewatching the truly good version. This doesn’t sell me on it all.

  5. I’m glad you found your card! 🙂

  6. Your determination paid off with finding your card, but not with seeing such a bad movie. 🙂

  7. I’ve seen the Argentinean movie and it was excellent. Subtle humor and strong acting. I always have to wonder why Hollywood has to remake everything. All movies (artistic ones, ones with serious topics, movies relying on the charisma of the actors and geographically suitable lines/scripts) just don’t fit the over-commercial Hollywood mould. Why not just watch the original one?

    • You pose some good questions and I wish I had an answer. My feelings on the subject is Hollywood is too concerned with the dollar, relying on marketing studies for their decisions. Thank you for your comments.

  8. OK. I’ll definitely take a pass.

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  10. I never saw the From Argentinean movie. I do love Julia Roberts. This next statement will make you hate me, have not been to a movies since 1976, never rented a movie. That sounds anti American, sorry about not having a life.
    I liked your credit card “determination” story.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Haven’t seen a movie since 1976?!?! Were you kidnapped and locked up all these years? I hope you will find a review that will be the spark to venture out and catch a film. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments (I could never hate btw) and keep up the good work on your site.

      • moviejoltz, Thanks for the reply
        My wife and I Married in 1970 and she had four daughters at the time so I became instant daddy. I don’t remember for sure it was in the early 70’s to mid-70’s I suggested we go to a movie, I thought it would be a nice family outing. Well the girls picked the movie and I thought what sounds like a good family show, so let’s all go and have a good time. The name of the movie was A Boy and His Dog, it takes place after the end of all the nuclear wars, there’s no one left in the world, nothing to eat, just a boy and his dog and a girlfriend roaming around looking for signs of life. Well finally at the end of the movie the only ones left are the boy and his dog, they didn’t starve for awhile. I thought, that don’t look like a Walt Disney movie to me. We were both were not making very good incomes, so movies was one thing that wasn’t planned into no our budget, is probably the main reason for not going.
        I will keep my eye open for something that you suggest. Now a days if you get a good enough computer you can watch your movies on your home computer.
        Thanks to the reply, be well.

      • Thank you so much for sharing your story; I can certainly see where the experience you described would be a turn off for films. If my reviews can steer you to the right film so you don’t waste your money, then I feel I have done the right thing. Let us see what comes up.

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