Saturday, June 26, 2010

Movie Review: The Secret In Their Eyes

5. I have a recurring dream that one day I won't have to read subtitles to be treated to a classic mystery thriller devoid of noisy, impossible special affects but rich with human drama.

4. Until that time, though, the Argentine film "The Secret In Their Eyes" delievers everything a movie-goer could ask for: rich, fleshed-out characters, murder, revenge, romance and redemption.

3. Set in 1999 and told in flashbacks, retired detective Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darin) decides to write a novel about the  most vexing case of his career: a rape and murder in which the killer is de facto pardoned to work for the government.

2. Along the way, we meet Ben's true love and boss Irene Menéndez-Hastings (Soledad Villamil), his drunken investigative partner Pablo Sandoval (Guillermo Francella) and feel the true grief and rage of young widower Ricardo Morales (Pablo Rago.)

1. The movie already won the 2010 Oscar for Best Foriegn Language Film and I can offer little better praise than that, other than it appears films, like soccer, are an activity mastered better by our international neighbors than our domestic pals.

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"The Secret In Their Eyes"
Run time: 2 hours, 36 minutes
Rated: R
Genre: Suspense-Thriller
Director: Juan José Campanella
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Guillermo Francella, José Luis Gioia, Javier Godino, Pablo Rago
Finney's Flicks Grade: A+

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