Secret in Their Eyes is based on the acclaimed, Oscar-winning Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes (differentiated by the titular “The”), and the new English remake looks like it may very well be gunning for an Oscar, too. Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the upcoming dramatic thriller, which centers on a brutal murder and the pursuit of justice that follows.

Everyone looks to be on top of their game here, with Roberts playing an FBI investigator whose daughter is brutally murdered. The man seemingly responsible is set free, leaving a bereaved Roberts to begin considering taking justice into her own hands — especially when the man resurfaces many years later.

While English-language remakes of acclaimed foreign films aren’t exactly something to get excited about, Secret in Their Eyes actually looks like it could be pretty great. Roberts and Ejiofor in particular appear to be giving insanely affecting performances, bolstered by a supporting cast that includes Dean Norris and Michael Kelly.

A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators – Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) – 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.

Interweaving past and present, this deeply layered mystery explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge, and asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?

Secret in Their Eyes was written and directed by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and hits theaters on October 23.

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