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Secret Window (2004)

  Directed by: David Koepp
Written by: Stephen King, David Koepp
Starring: Maria Bello, Johnny Depp, Timothy Hutton, John Turturro
Links: Secret Window on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Book
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Secret Window (2004) is also mentioned in mino's review of Finding Neverland (2004).

"The only thing that matters is the title" - a review by pearly

Sometimes, a crappy movie is saved by the performance of a brilliant actor. And other times, a crappy movie is so crappy that not even the combined starpower of Johnny Depp and John Turturro can save it. I'll let you guess into which camp Secret Window falls.

Secret Window has pretty good credentials. Not only does it star the two aforementioned top actors, it's based on a story written by Stephen King, and he's managed to produce writing that's turned out some quite good films in the past. Unfortunately, this particular story, coming at this particular time, seems done to death; completely unoriginal and as a consequence, far from exciting.

The preview for Secret Window has all this stuff in it about how the ending of a story is the most important part. As soon as I saw this, I said to myself "that movie had better have a pretty bloody impressive ending". But it doesn't. It's just like so many other mediocre thrillers of the past couple of years. I won't name names, because that'd give the game away, and some people might still be surprised by it, but let me tell you that I was pretty disappointed with the outcome.

Depp plays Mort Rainey, a writer who is approached by a fella by the name of John Shooter (Turturro), who claims that Rainey has stolen a story that he wrote. It becomes clear that Rainey has previously plagiarised something else, and although Rainey is at first confident that he never did such a thing, he begins to wonder about himself, just as Shooter gets weirder and weirder, killing people around Rainey and forcing Rainey to deal with it. And then, when Shooter begins targeting Rainey's estranged wife, it's all even further downhill for Rainey.

Depp and Turturro both seem to just be coasting their way through their roles, which is pretty disappointing for two such high calibre actors. The rest of the cast don't do much to impress either. Secret Window certainly isn't the worst film I've ever seen. It even had the amusing distraction of containing closing credits that were from a completely different movie (gotta love pirated DVDs from Hong Kong). But not even this could elevate it into the kinda rating that could be considered high.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 18 Jun 2004

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  1. Hate it so bad and it was so boring it made me want to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Annie Aguilar on Mon 13 Dec 2004 11:38 #

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