The word “remake” is a dirty word to critics, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. Once in a while, something even becomes an awards player, like when Martin Scorsese took Infernal Affairs, remade it as The Departed, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, along with his first Academy Award for Best Director. It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened. This week, another remake hoping to appeal to the Academy, namely the remake of The Secret in their Eyes (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature, incidentally). This time just called Secret in their Eyes, it’s out on Friday and would love to be the next incarnation of The Departed…
The film is, as previously mentioned, a remake of the Oscar winning original. It centers around the 13 year obsession over the murder of a government agent’s daughter. The agent, along with her former colleagues, hunt for the killer initially, before being told to back off for political reasons. In the present day, one of the three can’t let it go and begins the quest all over again. Billy Ray writes and directs, while the main trio consists of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts. Also in the cast are Joe Cole, Zoe Graham, Michael Kelly, Alfred Molina, Dean Norris, and more.
I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this film, but the performance by Julia Roberts is worth taking note of. She’s as good here as she’s been in quite some time, at least since Charlie Wilson’s War, if not all the way back to Erin Brockovich. She really digs deep to portray this damaged character, someone who loves her job, but loves her daughter more. In the aftermath of the tragedy, she’s a shell of her former self. Roberts sells it rather perfectly, creating one of the more compelling characters of her career so far. If the movie had been a bit better (honestly, it’s just unnecessary with how good the original is, if you ask me), I could have seen a definite case made for Roberts to be in the Oscar race once again this year. Now, it’s a much longer shot for Ray’s flick, to say the least.
Hypothetically speaking, there could have been lots of awards potential for Secret in their Eyes. In a perfect world, you would have seen campaigns for Best Picture, Best Director (for Ray), Best […]