Secret Window (2004)

The most important part of a story is the ending.

Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his innocence, he begins to question his own sanity.

You strike me as the kind of guy who's on the lookout for a head he can knock off with a shovel.
It's actually a film that shows both the good and bad sides of Johnny Depp and Stephen King adaptations to film form.
Depp plays a writer who whilst going through a divorce and living out in the country in isolation, is suddenly menaced by John Turturo, who claims he is the victim of plagiarism perpetrated by Depp. Mysteries and murky shenanigans to follow...
That the film, in spite of its flimsy heart, is watchable, is down to the two stars, both are filing in for eccentricities and spooky menace respectively. Yet it's a bit of a one trick pony and difficult to take seriously, while it's also surprisingly bloodless, negating the interest of the potential Stephen King blood-lust crowd. The reveal is something of a cheat given what has gone before, belief of suspension is so stretched to breaking point, you literally should be wondering just what all other characters were doing in the film?!
Still, Johnny and John, resplendent with weird hats and hairdo's, give good camera time and save David Koepp's movie from stinker damnation. 6/10

Mel's Cite du Cinema, Pariah Entertainment Group, Grand Slam Productions, Columbia Pictures by David Koepp, Stephen King.
Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton.

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Keywords: alcohol adultery detective mississippi river jealousy isolation paranoia motel window nightmare letter notebook police murder arson writer divorce ax

03/12/2004

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