A-listers are solid in remake

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman star in Secret in their Eyes.   Photo: Karen Ballard
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman star in Secret in their Eyes. Photo: Karen Ballard

When Argentinian writer-director Juan Jose Campanella won the Oscar for his serpentine 2009 thriller El Secreto De Sus Ojos, it was only a matter of time before an English-language version surfaced.

Perhaps we should be grateful writer-director Billy Ray waited six years, affording us sufficient time to forget the jaw-dropping coup de grace that Campanella orchestrated with flair in his picture.

The sturdy structure and twists remain in place in Secret In Their Eyes, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfred Molina, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

Ejiofor, Roberts and Kidman are solid in underwritten roles, the latter distinguishing herself in an electrifying interrogation room scene.