To watch The Secret in Their Eyes or to not watch that is the Question

Okay so I am not an international movie lover. Why? Not because I don’t like them, it’s just more to do with access. I simply have the opportunity to watch more American based films than I do any other market.

With that being said I have seen El Secreto de sus Ojos. The Argentine Oscar-winning film is the original film based on a book by the same name is actually a really good movie.

It has the feel of a Hollywood film while also having the seriousness of an Oscar winner and a foreign film.

The story is interwoven with Argentine History. It adds to the film, it explains motivations. It makes the suspense that much more suspenseful.

It is a brilliant film that you should all go see.

A scene from the original 2009 movie. Source: hdbitz.com

But here we are, with a remake.

Everyone knows that remakes are usually really, really bad. Which is why I am scared to see this Julia Robert’s film.

Julia Robert’s plays a detective traumatized about what happened to her daughter. Already there is a change from the original. In the original the lead is a man. This change I can actually get behind. I am interested in this change.

That isn’t the only change.

The timeline of the film has also been changed.

Source: ew.com

The original movie is based in the 70s when the Argentine Government was under a Dictatorship. The new version is based in 2002 and present day. That’s a clear difference, and I’m not sure how they can translate it (both literally and figuratively).

The thing that worries me the most is the fact that this is being called a remake of the film. It has not been categorized as a movie based on a book. The original movie already made changes to the book. I wonder if the book even compares remotely to this new film.

The original is a thriller steeped in psychological drama and suspense. I worry that even with the A-list cast this movie can never live up to its Oscar predecessor.

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