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Secret Window
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Johnny Depp, John Torturro, Maria Bello
MPAA Rated: PG-13, though it could easily be an "R".
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: sonypictures./secretwindow/
Kiddie Movie: It's pretty intense although they don't actually show anyone getting killed.
Date Movie: She might get scared and hold onto you, that and she'll be checking out Depp.
Gratuitous Sex: Maria keeps her clothes on, although Mort does catch his wife cheating on him.
Gratuitous Violence: You know it happens, but you don't see it.
Action: Not really - mostly suspense.
Laughs: There is a chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: When everything gets straightened out.
Memorable Quote: Not really.
Directed By: David Koepp
Produced By: Gavin Polone

Secret Window
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:46 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
For once I was caught napping. Alright, maybe not for once, but usually Iím pretty good at figuring out thrillers. For "Secret Window", however, I was pleasantly surprised as how things worked out. Letís get to the movieÖ

Johnny Depp is Mort Rainey. Heís living at the vacation cottage in the woods because he and wife, Amy (Maria Bello), are getting divorced. It seems she was cheating on him, he caught her, and itís six months later and heís got writerís block. He likes to sleep a lot, but who doesnít? Then one day a strange man, John Shooter (John Turturro) ends up at his door. John is tall and menacing looking, and heís insisting that Mort stole his story, the one about the "Secret Window," except that Mort ruined the original ending. John doesnít want much, only for Mort to get the story re-published, this time with the proper conclusion. Mort thinks this guy is a whack-job, dismisses him, but after reading Johnís copy of his story, well, now heís wondering if somehow he did steal the story Ė it seems Mort did this once before and had to settle with the other guy. Mort confronts John, asking him when he wrote his story, John says 1997, Mort says his got published in 1994 and he has a copy of the magazine to prove it. John tells Mort heís got three days to come up with the magazine or there will be problems, and to prove his point, well, John leaves a note saying not to tell the cops about him.

What does Mort do? Of course, he goes to the local sheriff, then calls his buddy, Ken (Charles S. Dutton) in the City for some help. I wonít spoil anything else in this movie other than to say things donít go too well for Mort in the next couple of days, but in the end, he gives John the ending he wanted.

I didnít realize the original story was written by Stephen King until the opening credits started, and as I saw his name flash by it peaked my interest because now I knew things might get a little weird, and weird they did. But the key to this movie wasnít the weirdness King wrote into it, it was the great acting by John Torturro and Johnny Depp. John Shooter wasnít meant to be a violent man, but rather a menacing man who at any time could snap you in two, and Torturro did a great job at showing this. When Shooter asked Mort for his hat back after he left it on Mortís porch, you simply had the feeling that if he didnít get it back, Mortís stealing his story was going to be the least of his worries.  Then there is Johnny Depp, consistently putting in a great performance in whatever style of role. For this one heís the disheveled, broken-down, confused, and flustered man, wondering how he is going to get out of this situation when it appears so simple, that all he needs to do is get his copy of the magazine from his soon-to-be ex-wife. Yet heís easily distracted, forgetting the task at hand, and leading things to just get worse for him.

A good suspense movie leaves you on the edge of you seat, maybe knowing whatís going to happen and eagerly awaiting it, or sometimes throwing you a curveball, and "Secret Window" does both. I really liked the movie, and maybe the curveball will be obvious to you, but me, I missed it. And sure, there are a couple of things that donít make sense, like how all of the wood gets repaired in his cabin, but forget about that and just enjoy another good performance by Depp. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Secret Window" from me.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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