Secret in Their Eyes

Synopsis: 2002: Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts) are two investigators in a private police unit led by the DA. When they receive an anonymous tip about a girl raped and killed, they rush to the scene. Ray realizes it is Jess' daughter and the team falls apart due to the grief. In 2015, Ray comes back to LA, and says that after 13 years, he has found a lead and convinces the DA to reopen the case. They find clues and leads unknown to them, and secrets from the past come to light as they start discovering the real, chilling truth. Meanwhile, Jess, dissatisfied with the law, decides to take matters into her own hands and track down the killer, no matter what lengths she has to go to.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Billy Ray
Production: STX Entertainment
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


(screaming) Help! Help!

(screaming continues)

(screaming continues)


(siren wailing, faint)


- Hey. How are you?

- Happy holidays.

You're good.

- (beeps)

- Thank you, sir.

- Is that you, angel?

- (chuckling)

Yeah, it's me.

What brought you back this way?

I just... I couldn't stay away from you.

- Oh, stop.

- I'm gonna see them upstairs.

Ray Kasten. She's expecting me.

Go right ahead.

Look who's back.

- Could you ask Jessica Cobb to come in, please?

- Mm-hmm.

Like a rash.

Wow. Thirteen years. Two promotions.

- Still an a**hole.

- Three promotions.

Thanks for keeping track.

What can I say? I'm a fan.

You mind?


Good luck.


- Am I late?

- Just a bit.

It's good to see you, Ray.

Well, it's...

I see your filing system

hasn't changed much.

The wheels of justice turn

slowly, but they do turn.

And look at you.

Up on the fifth floor.

We will do whatever

is necessary to protect America.

But make no mistake. The resolve

of our great nation is being...

Fax went down again.

Hello, Al-Fawid.

Now be a good little terrorist

and just hand over some yellow-cake

uranium in broad daylight,

and we're all set.


(phone rings)

Erectile Dysfunction Hotline.

- How can I direct your call?

- (laughs)

Not at all. Have a good day.

Attaboy, Bumpy. Give 'em hell.

You really are a moron,

Bumpy. You know that?

Siefert, you keep

throwing that term around,

but I'm not sure you know

what it actually means.

- It's a medical term. Did you know that?

- Is that right?

It means someone with

an IQ between 50 and 69.

An imbecile is someone with

an IQ between 49 and 20.

And an idiot, which I think is the word you're

looking for, is someone who scores below 19.

Hmm. What do you call someone

who's dumber than that?

- Lieutenant.

- Lieutenant.

- Where you going?

- I'm wanted in Photo.

Chin up. Shoulders back.


MAN (on TV):
Pakistani Taliban

are increasingly upping

their fight to cross the border.

This is one of their recent

propaganda videos shot in Afghanistan.

man shouting

in foreign language)

MAN (on TV):
In a barbaric act, they

murder a man they claim is an Afghan spy

working for NATO.

- (man on TV continues)

- Hi.


Um, I'm, uh, Ray.

Ray Kasten.

Claire. Claire Sloan.

Okay. It's nice to meet you.

Yes. Nice to meet you.


I guess we're the, uh,

new kids at school, huh?

Yep. Today is picture day.

- (both laughing)

- Yeah.

That must be why I suddenly feel

like my mom picked out my outfit.

Oh. (chuckles)

- MAN:
Have a great day.

- MAN #2:

- You're Bureau?

- Yeah. Field office, Lower Manhattan.

I was transferred here to sit

on a mosque with the DA's office.


I just got to the DA's office, from Philly.

I'm second chair of the Homicide unit.


Well, that's a pretty stiff rank

to come in with. You must be a star.

No. Hardly.


Is this a temporary assignment for you?

I don't know.

I guess that kinda depends

on the guys in the mosque.

machine gun firing)


Oh. Yes. Thank you.

- Well, it was nice to meet you.

- Yes. (laughs)

Uh, Claire, yeah?

- Yes.

- I'm Ray. I said that, right?

- Mm-hmm.

- Okay.

- Kasten. Ray Kasten.

- Uh, Ray Kasten, yeah.


- MAN:
Have a seat.

- Thanks.

Give me one second. I just

want to adjust this light.


- A picture's forever, right?

Ray Kasten.


So, how are you liking Los Angeles?

I'm still just

finding my way around.

Okay, now your right

collar, please? Great.

- Smile.

- (shutter clicks)

District attorney. My goodness.

It's lawyering.

Same as before, only more of it.

You wanna sit down?

And from here, where? Mayor?

(scoffs) No.

No more campaigns for a

while. I'm here, I'm happy.

Oh, you thinking of governor already? Wow!

Well, I wanted to be head of security for

the Mets, but the position was already filled.

And, um, how's Ellis?

Fine. Yeah. The same... busy.

- Any kids?

- Kids? No.

No, never the right time.

What about you?

Oh, no. Same.

Mind if I close the door?

- Ray?

- Jess.

- Jesus! How are you?

- (Ray laughing)

How are you?

I'm good. I'm good. You?

Oh, I'm... I'm fine. I'm f...

I was just congratulating Cl...

Well, you made chief investigator, right?

So I'm...

I'm looking at royalty here. (laughing)

You still living in Moorpark?


It's quiet out there. I like the quiet.

You still Bureau?

No. No, I went private sector.

Badge kinda lost its charm for me.

- I'll let you two...

- No, no, no. Stay.


This is about you.

I found him, Jess.

I found Marzin.

(siren wailing, faint)

- (sirens continue wailing)

- (chattering)

- All right. Here you go.

- Thank you.

(clears throat)


You could just ask her out, you know.

Who said I wanted to ask her out?


Christ. An unrequited office romance.

- The clich of it doesn't bother you?

- Jess.

Uh, have a little respect. She's engaged.

You know? This is...

It's inappropriate.

The beauty from Harvard Law and the

blue-collar fed from the wrong side of Brooklyn.

- So sad.

- Don't be a dick, Jess.

Thank you, Ray.

A sexist would've called me something else.

- Why? You're such a dick.

- (laughing)

- Up. Let's go.

- Where's the fire?

LAPD just found an unidentified

female body in a garage Dumpster.

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Billy Ray

William "Billy" Ray is an American screenwriter and director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night. He has written numerous movies including Volcano and Hart's War. He was one of the creators and writers of the science fiction show Earth 2. On August 10, 2015, it was announced that he will be writing the screenplay that Martin Scorsese will direct of an adaptation of The Devil in the White City, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio. more…

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