The Guardian News: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts in first trailer for “Secret in Their Eyes” remake
“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.”
See the original source of the article here, The Guardian [30.06.2015] – Last Accessed 28.08.2015.
I side with those who protest against the remake. The original 2009 film must be better circulated or dubbed, if some people are unfamiliar with the movie. ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’ (2009) is not just any Latin American movie: the film is acclaimed around the globe and much loved by all those who has seen it. It won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars 2010. It is a great movie in so many respects: emotionally moving, intelligent, masterfully crafted, with a meticulous script and outstanding acting, to name just some of the things. Given all this, it is simply insulting to remake such a masterpiece. Only six 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). 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 “Life is Beautiful’ (1997)? They should show some respect for original masterpieces, especially if those films also 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‘ (2009), see here.