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Never stare into Johnny Depp's window !!!
Nov 08, 2006 01:04 PM 1365 Views
(Updated Dec 31, 2006 08:44 PM)





Some windows should never be opened.

Movie Secret Window

The Plot(

Mort Rainey (JOHNNY DEPP) is a novelist living in a cabin on the lake

who's seen better days. Not only did he discover his wife, Amy (MARIA

BELLO), in bed with another man, Ted (TIMOTHY HUTTON), six months

earlier, but the thought of that and their pending divorce has left him

with writer's block.

Spending most of his time sleeping on his

tattered sofa, Mort's status goes from bad to worse when a stranger,

John Shooter (JOHN TURTURRO), shows up at his doorstep one day,

claiming the author stole and published the work he previously wrote.

Mort claims innocence, but Shooter is intent on the writer making

things right and warns him that this matter is just between them. Given

just three days to prove he wrote it before the stranger takes action,

Mort seeks help from local Sheriff Dave Newsome (LEN CARIOU), but the

lawman doesn't seem too concerned.

Mort then turns to New York

detective Ken Karsch (CHARLES S. DUTTON) who previously helped him in a

similar matter and agrees to take care of Shooter. Yet, as Mort tries

to deal with that and come to terms with Amy wanting to finalize their

divorce, little does he know how things will unexpectedly spiral out of


My Review

Based on author Stephen King's horror novel, "Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden", this is definitely not one of Johnny Depp's best works. I think the book must be better than the movie.

Ya, we have Johnny Depp and John Turturro(chilling

performance) in their elements, giving superlative performance as

usual. And there is some trick camerwork in the end involving mirrors

which is cool to watch.

Beyond that, one doesn't find much

to savour here. Ya, the twists in the climax are the kind which you

must have seen in a dozen movies by now.

Apart from the face-off between Johnny Depp & John Turturro which is the best aspect of the movie, there's nothing else that grips or truly scares you.

Actors Maria Bello(World Trade Centre, Thank You for Smoking) and Timothy Hutton(The General's Daughter, French Kiss) are the others who were convincingly good in their respective roles.

I think the biggest reason for me to mark this movie down is some

unconvincing situations in the plot. Its a tad difficult for me to

believe that one of the main characters in the story finally seeks

brutal revenge after all these years without any previous history of


I think the scriptwriter wanted to incorporate such

implausible stuff without realising how perplexing this might seem to

the viewer, just to give this movie that 'mysterious touch'.

Anyway, a movie is supposed to entertain. So lets not dig deeper and spoil the broth :)

Some trivia (

~ John Turturro decided to star in the movie because his son, a big fan of Stephen King, convinced him to.

~ Johnny Depp's character's name is Morton Rainey. Toward the end of

the movie, this character puchases three items at the grocer's. One of

the items is a box of MORTON's salt whose moto is: "When it rains it

pours." Thus Morton Rainey.

Director - David Koepp

Year - 2004

Starring - Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello

Verdict ~ Dark, psychological thriller. Well, it didn't thrill me much...

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