Secret in Their Eyes has a split-time narrative, and whilst the actors are youthanised for the 13-year flashbacks, their personalities are euthanised too.
Ejiofor, Kidman and Roberts are clearly giving it their all but there is too much dead weight for even these heavyweight leads to carry. Each has a single standout scene, but the spaces in-between are flat and long.
Both the discovery which launches the plot and the revelation that ends it are riddled with holes, so much so that an already deflated experience is empty before the lights go up.
Move along – there’s nothing to see here.
Mostly a bland whiteness, lightly flecked with blood-pumping scenes, a thin veil of colour surrounds Eyes but at its centre is a gaping black hole.
CAST: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts
DIRECTOR: Billy Ray
WRITERS: Billy Ray, Juan José Campanella & Eduardo Sacheri
SYNOPSIS: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.