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Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
Secret Window is a psychological thriller based upon a Stephen King story. It features Johnny Depp as the writer Mort Rainey who is in seclusion in a cabin after finding his wife cheating on him in a hotel room. He’s also confronted by John Shooter (John Turturro) who accuses him of stealing his story. The piece in question was called “The Secret Window.” The movie focuses upon Rainey’s anger with this wife and the paranoia that he might have actually committed plagiarism.
The problem with the movie is that it has such a build up. There’s Rainey’s confrontations with his wife and Shooter and you think it’s all going to explode. Then the story takes a twist and you just feel disappointed because the start is far better than the conclusion. It just leaves the viewer feeling unfulfilled. C
I wish I could say this was worth the rental, but I can't. Maria Bello is such an excellent actress, but this show was beneath her. It was also beneath Timothy Hutton. I wanted a suspenseful movie to take me away for a while, but this movie was not suspenseful nor even truly entertaining. I understand that everyone has to keep working. Actors have to go from one script to the next and hope that it's a good one. At times, they likely have to take a manuscript because we all need work and the actors have fun working together. But, for the movie-goer, I was short-changed.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
Johnny Depp is perfect in this film. The entire plot keeps you wondering about the real identity of Shooter...until at last it is revealed he is just an alter-ego for our psychologically-warped author. The gore is disturbing, of course, for normal people; however, it is used correctly in that it evokes moral horror at Shooter’s violence.
Great movie with a solid twist of an ending. This is Johnny Depp at his finest folks, and you won't find some of these goodies anywhere else. You may recognize some other faces, such as Charles Turturro from Monk. Really a blast of a thriller!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2018
This one is one of Johnny Depp's best movies, there is not much to say because i don't want to spoil it if someone hasn't seen it yet... Just watch it! its about a writer who's got some issues, in he's life and in he's mind... Johnny Depp acts really good here, i think this is one of those movies he didn't do just for the money.
It is 5/5 without that rating being restricted to any specific genre, it is 5/5 as a movie, its simple yet twisted enough to keep one interested and excited.
5.0 out of 5 starsSlick, Suspenseful Story of Danger, Doubt & Depp.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
A psychological thriller and brilliantly assured film that faithfully reproduces the eeriness, chill factor and complexities of the writing by Stephen King and David Koepp. Johnny Depp is on seductively secretive top form as a writer separated from his wife and resisting signing final divorce papers whilst attempting to be creative in an idyllic retreat location. But tortured memories and indistinct realities forbid him any real peace. As lives are examined the plot unfolds and your enjoyment is assured. Particularly superb supporting work is in evidence by the convincing and much under appreciated John Turturro, who adds significantly to the film's realism and suspense. Buy this movie - it's one for anyone's collection.
An enjoyable, if somewhat predictable, Stephen King adaption. Anyone who has watched fight club or raising Cain will get the twist almost as soon as the movie begins, but that said there are still some fine performances, particularly from depp, whose role here is tailored here to suit his strengths - and so the book's sympathies are shifted entirely to his character. David keopp, is hollywood's finest writer - bar none, and here he makes a good fist of directing a psychological thriller. He hasn't directed many films, but what he has done is possibly the most varied range of genres, of any modern day filmmaker. He's done comedy (ghost town) and action (premium rush) as well as this one and they are all well made films.
I bought this a couple of months ago, but only just decided to watch it. It was working fine up until about half way through, then it froze and wouldn’t play anymore. Very frustrating. I ended up having to rent it digitally to finish watching the film. Very annoying. I won’t buy second hand DVDs again 😠.