Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Passion always wins.

  • Starring:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, Zoe Graham

  • Directed by:

    Billy Ray

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


     People are shot, face-grabbed, terrorised, raped/murdered (mentioned), choked, bleached, handcuffed, near-crushed beneath weights, punched, pursued, hit with objects, bitten (off-screen), tackled, slammed against wall, kicked, knuckle-dusted, dragged, pistol-whipped, hit over head. Burning vehicle, arson, break-and-enter, theft, smashed mirror. An animal is kicked (off-screen; yelp heard). People jump over a high railing. Screaming, arguing, yelling. Footage of Middle Eastern soldiers/machine-gun fire. Violent comic book seen (woman being gagged/vicitmised). Terrorism, terrorists, 9-11, Taliban, armed robbery, Guantanamo, Saddam Hussein, anthrax, waterboarding mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse (teen girl). Bloody face, lip, nose, finger, cuts, scratches. Animal bite, injured leg/knee, bruised/swollen face, scabby hands, wound-dressing, grave-digging. Broken ribs mentioned.


    A young girl is raped (implied/mentioned). A man reveals himself to onlookers (off-camera). Ogling. Exposed legs, skimpy clothing, cleavage (wall poster). Comic references to erectile dysfunction, masturbation. Stripper mentioned.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Bar setting. Vials of pills seen. Horse-racing.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    Death of a child, grief, counter-terrorism, homicide, investigation, retribution, secrets, confessions, regrets, baseball, car theft, mysogyny, obsession.


    Murdered child, police officer shot. Estranged wife mentioned. Jail setting. Dog, horses, birds. Urination, toilet, man with painted clown face, spittle.


    Smart, well-cast, grown-up, twisty, atmospheric, tense, clever, gritty, solid, unsettling, gripping, moody, topical, tight, chilly. Dark/haunting/de-glamorised/superb/skillful/humane/real performance by Julia Roberts, starry cast, provocative twists, lived-in production design.


    Workmanlike, un-nuanced, far-fetched, melodramatic, predictable, procedural. Relentless time-hopping, weak romantic sub-plot, some heavy-handed sequences, too many conveniences.

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