film was average. unfortunately yet again, i am unfamiliar with the original work which i'm sure is much stronger. i did enjoy julia roberts a lot, her performance was emotional and intense and it reminded me of what she's capable of, glad to see her back.
It succeeds in that it's not a shot-by-shot remake. It's taken the key elements of the original story (the case, the drunk best friend, the football stadium chase scene, the attorney interrogation, the ending), and it's given it a post-9/11 spin that works quite well.
Let's get this straight, this will never be the 2009 original but boy have they tried. Hollywood makes a gallant effort here. The emotions & convictions played out by our 3 heavyweights are absolutely heartfelt & captivating. Having said all of this, having the main score sequence of your movie copy that of Eno's score for Lynch's Dune was a very good thing, though Dean Noris sadly does not play a Harkonen. C+
Una copia "al carbón" de la magnífica "El Secreto de sus Ojos" (ganador del Oscar a Mejor Filme en Lengua Extranjera), sólo que ambientada en Los Ángeles, y ubicada en un contexto dentro de la paranoia post 9/11. Si bien tiene grandes actuaciones de Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts y Nicole Kidman, esta versión es más descafeinada, plana, y considerablemente menos emocionante que la original.
A film of disparate elements which never form into a convincing whole. That's the problem with this film - unconvincing. People behaving unnaturally, being bad at their jobs, a whole heap of unused side material which don't even function as red herrings. Romance, murder, terrorism, each present but none especially explored. Hollow film.