November 26, 2012

The Secret in Their Eyes

El secreto de sus ojos, 2009. A retired court employee writes a book about a 25-year-old case.

Directed by Juan José Campanella. Written by Eduardo Sacheri & Campanella, based on Sacheri's book. Starring Ricardo Darín & Soledad Villamil.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 1/4 (Bad)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad). Appallingly bad aging makeup. He actually looks older in the flashbacks.
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4). It could have been worse; there are a couple scenes that work very well. If it had just been a crime/mystery story, it might have been good, but it's all framed within a terribly-written love story. Why are we expected to care (especially with all the other stuff going on in this movie) about a couple of boring characters' inability to express their feelings?
Objective Rating (Average): 1.8/4 (Eh)

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