The Secret in Their Eyes [Blu-Ray] Juan Jose Campanella

The Secret in Their Eyes [Blu-Ray] Juan Jose Campanella
It's not a surprise that director Juan Jose Campanella's resume consists mainly of some gigs directing Law & Order episodes, since this bland, forgettable rape/murder mystery doesn't contain a great deal more artistic or cognitive integrity. It's Argentinean, features some pseudo-religious imagery around a splayed, bloodied, naked, dead rape victim and has a handheld, Strange Days-like chase scene, so I can see how those that stick with mainstream pap might think it's more than it is, but this is strictly television fare. Heck, it even managed to fool the Hollywood dilettantes that voted it as Best Foreign Language Film over Michael Haneke's work of brilliance, The White Ribbon. Much like an episode of Law & Order, The Secret in Their Eyes features a hangdog Detective that just won't give up looking for a killer, even though a corrupt, flawed judicial system has already closed the case. Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), said Detective, has a hunch about a man seen in multiple photos with the victim, which he shares with a sassy female colleague for whom he's afraid to profess his feelings of amour. Sound familiar? Well, it is, but the framing device has him writing a book about the case 25 years later, which builds on a theme of passion being a lifelong thing, along with the notion that it's never too late to follow your heart ― an astute observation, indeed. The Blu-Ray comes with a subtitled commentary track, which is almost as exciting as commentary tracks in English; Campanella talks about the scorching sun as a visual trajectory. Also included are some interviews and behind-the-scenes footage in the "Making of," along with some audition footage in the casting sessions. (Sony)