Following a bitter separation from his wife, famed mystery writer Mort Rainey is unexpectedly confronted at his remote lake house by a dangerous stranger named John Shooter. Claiming Rainey has plagiarised his short story, the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter's fearful demands turn to threats - and then murder - Rainey turns to a private detective for help. But when nothing stops the horror from spiralling out of control, Rainey soon discovers he can't trust anyone or anything...
An average story saved by a great performance from Johnny Depp.
- Secret Window review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Mort Rainey is an eccentric writer going through a painful divorce from his cheating wife. Trying to write a new book, he locks himself away in a woodland cabin and due to a bout of writers' block spends his time smoking and taking long naps. One day a Mississippi dairy farmer named John Shooter appears at his door accusing him of stealing one of his stories. Rainy disputes this and says he can he can prove it as magazine printed his short story years before Shooter claimed he wrote his. Shooter demands to see the magazine and gives Rainey three days to resolve the matter. Scared and confused, Rainey knows he can easily prove his innocence by producing a published copy of the story, but every time he tries to find a copy of the magazine a series of sinister events block his path. Based on one of Stephen King's weaker novellas, the story of 'Secret Window' isn't that great, but what saves the film from mediocrity is an absolutely terrific performance from Johnny Depp who manages to turn an average and somewhat predictable story into a highly entertaining thriller, and a great soundtrack from Philip Glass adds to the suspense and mood of the film. Overall, it's a pretty decent film which should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, and is most definitely worth a look.
A poor story
- Secret Window review by Rubber Ducky
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I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp and also rate John Turturro highly. However, neither of these fine actors could save this film. The story is weak and the plot thin. It somehow doesn't make any sense and is totally unbelievable. I was very disappointed and would recommend people not to bother wasting an evening on it!