US Remake of ‘The Secret in their Eyes’

The Guardian News: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts in first trailer for Secret in Their Eyes remake

30.06.2015

A star-studded remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller, also starring Nicole Kidman, has Roberts out for revenge against the man who killed her daughter.

Given the near universal acclaim that met Juan José Campanella’s 2009 thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, initial reaction to news of a remake was less than enthused. But with a stellar cast and Billy Ray, the director of Shattered Glass and Breach, on board, it might not be the disaster that many expected. The first trailer for the remake has landed and has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators working with their DA supervisor, played by Nicole Kidman.But after the daughter of Roberts’ character gets killed, their lives are torn apart. Like the original, there’s a narrative that alternates between past and present, 13 years after the murder, as the three still try to find justice.

It could provide a well-needed boost for the three stars, who have had mixed success of late. Since his Oscar-nominated role in 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor starred in the muted Half of a Yellow Sun and has Z for Zachariah on the way, which received varied reviews at Sundance. Roberts might have scored an Oscar nomination for August: Osage County, but the film was seen as underwhelming by most. Kidman scored a hit with Paddington, but most of her other recent efforts (Before I Go to Sleep, Grace of Monaco, The Railway Man) have fallen by the wayside.

The film has a 23 October release in the US, suggesting an awards push, but won’t be seen by UK audiences until 4 March, 2016.

Original source of the article: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/30/chiwetel-ejiofor-and-julia-roberts-in-first-trailer-for-secret-in-their-eyes-remake , The Guardian – Last Accessed 28.08.2015.

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I am on the side of those who protest against the remake. There are many reasons why I think the remake should not be done. I think that the 2009 film must be better circulated or dubbed, if anything. ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’ (2009) is not just any Latin American movie: the 2009 film is very well known and acclaimed around the globe. It is loved by so many and this is because it is everything that a great movie should be: masterfully crafted, with meticulous script and outstanding acting, to name just some of the things. Given this, it is simply insulting to remake this masterpiece. Only 6 years have passed since the release of ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’, and this is certainly not like remaking nobody-ever-heard of ‘Infernal Affairs’ (2002), and turning it into ‘The Departed(2006). And if the issue lies in the fact that the 2009 film is foreign, then there is something wrong with people. To hold against the movie just because it happens to be in Spanish is unjust. Some have commented that this new version differs substantially from the original, but looking at the trailer it seems that many important scenes were taken from the 2009 film and incorporated into this new one. What is the point? What we will see next? A remake of ‘A Separation’ (2011)? ‘Life is Beautiful’ (1997)? They should show some respect for original masterpieces, especially if those films won Academy Awards, or such awards mean nothing anymore? Do you have a view?

For my review of the original Spanish-language film titled ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’, click here.

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5 Responses to US Remake of ‘The Secret in their Eyes’

  1. godtisx says:

    There is something haunting about this storyline. It’s my view too, not everyone recovers (similar viewpoint as the original writer)?

  2. Paul S says:

    Nope, I don’t think I’ll watch it. The original was too good. The found-the-corpse scene in the trailer hints at the lack of artistic depth in this remake.

  3. Claire says:

    I agree. I’m not totally opposed to remakes in general, but English language remakes of recent films are such a waste of time – see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Will give this one a miss!

  4. Mark Hobin says:

    “El secreto de sus ojos” was good, but I don’t view that film as sacred, so I’m still open to a remake. Whether it will top the original remains to be seen.

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