It’s no secret that Secret in Their Eyes is an English-language remake of 2010’s Best Foreign Film Oscar of the same name. Like it’s namesake, Secret relies on a series of intricate flashbacks, the narrative constantly, often confusingly jumping between 2002 and 2015 with 9/11 an obvious substitute for Argentina’s “dirty war.” The trailer fans the aroma of Death Wish: regret commenced on the realization that Julia Roberts wasn’t going to go full-vigilante in her quest to take out the trash that brutalized her baby girl. It might have made for a better picture seeing how Roberts and Joe Cole as the killer/persuasively scuzzy aggressor are the film’s two acting highlights. Those expecting miracles from the generally forcible Chiwetel Ejiofor (Red Belt, 12 Years a Slave) will soon discover he never should have copped to a thriller. Writer-director Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) buys into the notion that audiences are unable to grasp even the slightest nuance. (2015) — Scott Marks
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