The Secret in Their Eyes finally opens in Tri-Cities on Friday, July 23rd.
It has been a long time coming but definitely worth the wait. Do NOT miss this one.
The only thing that beats a good whodunit is a good whodunit that takes its time. While no one likes a dragged out plot, storytelling that includes side trips that tease and touch up the plot add unique angles to the mystery.
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This is The Secret in Their Eyes.
A young woman is raped and murdered. Her killer is never caught.
Years later, one of the attorneys who worked on the case wants to write a book using her murder as source material. To do so, he reconnects with his former boss. She is the only woman he ever loved. He never told her.
Back and forth the story goes, patiently unfolding clues from the past and intrigue in the present. The two main characters, the unique personality of the victim’s husband, the comic drunkenness of the assistant, the evil suspect, the mystery and the love story are superbly crafted.
Screenwriter/director Juan Jose Campanella — best known for doing American TV — is brilliant. There is a reason The Secret in Their Eyes won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and beat out two equally incredible thrillers The White Ribbon and A Prophet.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for violence, mature themes, nudity. It opens Friday, July 23 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.