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Secret in Their Eyes Review (2015)

So this was supposed to be a remake of the Argentinian flick “The Secret in their Eyes”. Unfortunately this turned out to be one of the worst remakes ever made.

Let us crawl slowly through the direction department:

It isn’t intense. Doesn’t let you connect at all. The office romance of Chiwetel and Nicole lacks the chemistry it was supposed to reach. Billy Ray goes for two parallel storylines which further vexes the audience. Primary reason being, Chiwetel looks exactly the same in both timelines, (his white beard is the only thing that could have probably pin pointed, and the flick’s story, which as a matter of fact, compels you to spend minutes wondering what they are really talking about to grasp which timeline you are exactly in)

Moving on to the plot front. So they did change the story a bit with the inclusion of Julia Roberts to the tale. Making her daughter a victim. The initial bits of the movie were quite powerful where she gives a power pack performance whilst grieving. Then she too gets bogged down by the flick’s poor direction. Screenplay is sometimes fine, but at most junctures lanced by inappropriate editing.

The story also lacks a proper Dirty War backdrop. Here 9/11 terrorism is taken into account for a distraught system. Although the plot of the movie runs directly on the rails of the Argentinian version, you incessantly feel something isn’t right. Music of the movie isn’t profound and is the detachable kind, not present at most of the crucial junctures.

Nicole is pretty much simply there, expressionless yet sensuous. You almost don’t figure out if Nicole was bluffing whilst challenging Marzin of his manhood. So poorly made! Even the final bits where everything was supposed to actually matter, things become so hazy and bleak you start thinking if it would end in a different fashion altogether.

Chiwetel tries to hold every bit on his shoulders alone, but unfortunately falls in the muck of some weird unfeeling love and looks of his co-stars. A very bad remake, actually. Go watch the original!

San Andreas Movie Review (2015) | Disaster of a Movie

San Andreas movie is one pathetic take on what would happen if the Earth suddenly decided to give up on us. Earthquakes and Tsunamis couldn’t save this disaster of a movie. So pathetic that it would make you question your life choices! Hell, it made me.

To begin with, we don’t have a good story, okay probably a clichéd one. Drama is literally absent in San Andreas movie, when you see confused faces, remote feelings that are further made shoddy by its poor screenplay. The latter department has just words, unfelt and bland.

Pool of Characters

Carla just goes on to embarrass us further by reacting awkwardly with dialogues like,

“You left my daughter alone?”

and creates a see-through anger glass that just becomes sad at one point. Dwayne Johnson, The Rock he is, didn’t have to try hard to play himself. Alexandra Daddario sizzles on screen but her inclusion seems deliberate by the casting director. Bringing Paul Giamatti into this was simply a waste of talent.

San Andreas movie wallpaper

Whilst the movie quaked, I thought probably a Tsunami would bring home a twist. But to my surprise, things just kept going downhill. There is no profundity in the movie. No gravity to frame creation. Pathetic actors that make everything just look crappier than it already was.

Trying really hard to look at the bright side, I would say visuals sometimes looked rad. But does it really matter when you make such a bad flick?

The Final Verdict of San Andreas Movie

To sum it all up, Brad Peyton just sucks as a director. He has so much to learn about human emotions, and how not to get carried away by a script that seemingly looks cool from the outside.

I think we can let this one slip provided the level of awesomeness Dwayne Johnson delivered in Furious 7 last month.

You can check out the trailer of San Andreas movie here: