Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Every Secret Thing

Director Amy Berg has moved from documentary films to feature films with the detective thriller Every Secret Thing, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

A baby has gone missing and the suspects are two 18-year-olds, recently released from juvenile prison after 7 years for having been responsible for the death of a baby they kidnapped as adolescences. 

But, which one of them was truly responsible, then, and what would be the motivation for repeating the crime, now, is the mystery.

With a star cast, including Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Common, the film has excellent performances, but starts off like an LMN TV movie before Berg seems to find her way into making it a theatrical feature.  

Nicole Holofcenor’s flawed script and the dark camerawork of Cinematographer Rob Hardy are the main problems here, especially during the initial scenes. 

Still, this is a valiant first effort and with better material Ms. Berg should  develop into a fine feature director.

I give Every Secret Thing a 3 out of 5.

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