Roberts had a long run as America’s sweetheart, but in the past decade she’s giddily sunk her teeth into the dark side with films like Closer, Duplicity, Mirror Mirror and August: Osage County. Now, she’s giving us chills (and life!) with her turn in the thriller Secret In Their Eyes.
From the moment she bounds into that dumpster to cradle the corpse of her daughter, Roberts had us hook, line and sinker. By “Justice. I owe my daughter that.” we’re checking to see when we can buy tickets.
You might recognize the title because The Secret In Their Eyes was an Argentinian thriller that won the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Oscar in 2010. The initial announcement of an American remake won groans, but as it came together it was harder to grumble. Writer/director Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) has teamed Roberts with 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman. And he’s not just translating the original into English. Even in this trailer tips some changes, the least of which is the genderswapping of Robert’s character to female, and the victim from wife to daughter.
The original (adapted from Eduardo Sacheri’s novel The Question in Their Eyes) began with its hero, a long retired lawyer, revisiting a cold case to write a book. Here, Ejiofor is an FBI agent, who is introduced with the murder case of the daughter of his partner (Roberts). Of course, the killer gets away. But with a new lead we leap to 13 years later, where both investigators are desperate for justice, reunited for revenge.
Aside from bolstering Robert’s character, it looks like this version also amps up the energy and action a bit. But one thing we’d wager that won’t change is The Secret In Their Eyes’ climactic ending that still gives us goosebumps.
Secret In their Eyes opens October 23rd. We’ll see you there.
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