HEED’S REACTION: Definitely one of those films that benefits well from one reading the novel it’s based on prior to viewing. Although the movie has a slow start, it eventually reaches “60” with a few unexpected twists and turns that make it worth the watch.

SYNPOSIS:  From director Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games” and “Shattered Glass”) comes “Secret in Their Eyes”, an American thriller film that recounts the horrific murder case of an investigator’s daughter, based on the Argentinian novel La pregunta de sus ojos. A tight-knit team of rising investigators – Ray and Jess, along with their supervisor Claire – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.  Billy Ray directed “Secret in Their Eyes” based on the novel “La pregunta de sus ojos” by the Argentinian author, Eduardo Sacheri.  The film was produced by Mark Johnson and Matt Jackson.

The film stars Oscar winner, Julia Roberts (“Erin Brokovich”), as Jess; Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) as Claire; and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”) as Ray.

Rounding out the cast are Lyndon Smith (“The Forger”) as Kit; Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) as Bumpy; Michael Kelly (“Now You See Me”) as Siefert; Joe Cole (“Now is Good”) as Marzin; and Don Harvey (“Taken 3”) as Fierro.

Ray’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad” and “The Notebook”); producer Matt Jackson (“Snitch”); executive producer Matt Berenson (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) and Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella (“El secreto de sus ojos”)

STX Entertainment presents a Billy Ray film,“Secret in Their Eyes”,set fora nationwide release on November 20, 2015.


Check out some excerpts from Chiwetel’s Rolling Out Cover Story.

On his role in Secret in Their Eyes:

“It was intense because the story takes place in two different time zones. One takes place in 2001, and the other in the present day. It was really fascinating to see how people evolve and change within that 13-year gap, and especially with my character and the obsessional nature of his being. He is very narrow, focused and intense. There is a lot of struggle in his story.”

On the correlation between character’s discipline and his own discipline:

“I think so. It’s [The film] centered around three people. Playing on the dynamics and the emotions of this small amount of people was very exciting, but takes a lot of discipline. Luckily, I was working with two of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood. They’re considered to be legends in their own lifetime.”


On Working with Julia Roberts:

“It’s amazing watching somebody of that level and skill be able to come up to the plate every time. She has been working at such a high level for so long, so that is really inspirational to be around someone of that caliber.”


On his favorite places to relax and travel to:

“It can be anywhere. I have had a great time traveling through the United Kingdom. Over the summer, I was doing a play in London at the National Theatre, and it was a brilliant experience. We were able to travel around England and stay at various nice, little places on the countryside, which was incredibly relaxing.” 

On what the ultimate role is:

For me, it is about the pursuit of the ultimate that makes it engaging and the potential that the next one could be the best ever that keeps me in the game.”

MOVIE STILLS – Photography Credit: Karen Ballard © 2015 STX Productions

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Friday, November 20, 2015 – in theaters nationwide.                           

PG-13 “parents strongly cautioned, a rating in the Voluntary Movie Rating System indicating that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.”