An English-language remake of Juan Jos� Campanella's far superior Argentinian thriller.
Can we believe that police officers would let a psychopathic rapist and murderer go free in the name of fighting homegrown terrorism? As an allegory for human-rights abuses during the War on Terror, it's a non-starter.
It's Julia Roberts who owns the movie. As the grieving Jess, a woman reduced to a shadow by the death of her daughter, Roberts is a revelation here.
A dream-team cast is wasted in this contrived and morose crime thriller.
Essentially a grim procedural with too many moments of untapped potential and a moderately shocking twist.
What DOESN'T get lost in translation is what made "El Secreto De Sus Ojos" so effective: the visceral, devastating empathy we feel when a horrible injustice is committed and it ruins multiple lives.
It's a story about moral ambiguity and living in the past, but it packs a weak emotional punch despite the well-wrought efforts of an all-star cast.
The romance feels a bit like filler, but the twists are heady. And Roberts, bearing no hint of youth or glamour, brings a stark power to her supporting role that resembles nothing she's done before.
With every improvement, some magic is lost. In "Secret in Their Eyes," we get a story that has been improved almost to the point of nonexistence.