MORT RAINEY, A WRITER JUST COMING OFF A TROUBLESOME DIVORCE WITH HIS EX-WIFE, AMY, FINDS HIMSELF STALKED AT HIS REMOTE LAKE HOUSE BY A PSYCHOTIC STRANGER WHO CLAIMS MORT STOLE HIS BEST STORY IDEA (CHANGING JUST THE ENDING)... more ». BASED ON A STEVEN KING NOVEL: SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN.« less
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
I thought this was a good movie. Twist at the end that I did not see coming.
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Shawna B. (Asforever18) from VISALIA, CA Reviewed on 2/16/2013...
In my opinion this is one of Johnny Depp's greatest films. Full of suspense and drama with a touch of dry humor. It has twists and turns with a surprise ending.
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Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC Reviewed on 12/20/2010...
The human mind in all it's glory!
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Tim D. (tim) from HUNTINGTON, MA Reviewed on 8/22/2009...
Both the other members reviews were pretty bad. Especially the long rambling one. Depp was great and the twist was awesome simply for the fact that you couldnt see it coming. Jon Turturro didnt get any credit for the awesome and creepy roll he played as Depps other personality (it really kept me hooked to the screen). This movie was a terrific physcological thriller and if u like that type of movie this is a cant miss. Again John Turturro really stole the show and worked brilliantly alongside the great Johnny Depp who is one of the great actors of our time. Though not a classic movie its a cant miss for Depp fans as well as phsyco thriller fans.
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Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN Reviewed on 10/22/2008...
I think this would have been watchable but forgettable with your average actor playing the lead role but Depp brings his quirkiness to the role and makes this movie worth watching more than once. This is based on a Stephen King story. Adaptions based on King's works are usally hit and miss but this one was a hit in my opinion.
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Jennifer F. (KnJFisher) from GILLETT, PA Reviewed on 5/24/2008...
Johnny Depp is superb! He portray's his character, a somewhat eccentric, isolated writer, in his typically quirky manner. I enjoyed watching the movie just to see what he'd say or do next. I got the impression he was ad-libbing his monologues and it brought a smile to my face. The movie itself did little for me, however. It was pretty straight-forward through most of it, nothing terrific, nothing unexpected. Man shows up at door claiming Mort (Depp's character) plagiarized him. The man turns out to be a psycho, or so we think. By the way, why does the family pet always get killed? I mean, ALWAYS! In this one, it's the dog. Things get a little more interesting when Mort starts thinking that maybe his estranged wife's new boyfriend might be behind everything, that he might have sent this psycho after Mort in the hopes of speeding up the divorce but things have gotten out of control. Mort even confronts the boyfriend about it. Their conversation does not fit into the twist near the end of the movie, however. In fact, nothing fits in to the twist. It turns out that this psycho doesn't exist, it's Mort himself that has been doing everything to himself. He's mad. He killed his own dog. He killed his own neighbor, though he thought the stalker had killed him because he had seen the two of them together. Turns out the neighbor only saw Mort arguing with himself. Mort killed the detective he hired to intimidate the stalker. Okay, the twist was a good idea but it happened so abruptly that you were tempted to hit rewind to see if you missed something. And it really contradicted the conversation Mort had with the boyfriend who had admitted that things were out of his control. Or, who knows, maybe that conversation never took place either. Maybe Mort was standing at the gas station talking to himself. Okay, an interesting movie with an interesting twist if the twist had been integrated better, if clues had been given that you could later say, oh I should have seen that coming, I should have caught that. But there was no indication and so it seemed fabricated. I don't think the move will hurt Depp's reputation, however. He did a terrific acting job and, okay, I'm tempted to play a couple of parts again just to hear his quirky little jibes at himself and his wife and the boyfriend.. Glad I sat through it but I've seen better.
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Wait for the DVD
Katie | Canada | 03/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Secret Window' wasn't as good as I expected, but that's just because it wasn't the film I thought it was going to be. The trailers for the movie make it look full of action, and very scary, which is slightly misleading. The film starts quite slow, but Johnny Depp manages to carry it well (with a less talented actor, the movie would probably have been 3 stars, maybe even lower). There were some frightening moments, but none that really affected me or that I remembered. In fact, the film was actually more gory than it was scary.Johnny Depp's acting is, of course, superb which really brings the rating of the movie up. I actually enjoyed the comedic moments in the movie quite a bit more than the 'horrific' parts. I liked the plot, and the ending, but I found that I predicted the ending slightly earlier in the film than I usually do. I would probably recommend waiting and renting this film. It's much cheaper than spending what seems like a fortune nowadays to see it in theaters. Not seeing it on the big screen isn't a huge downfall either, as there isn't a lot of action."
Johnny Depp and David Koepp tackle Stephen King
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 06/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know that I read "Secret Window, Secret Garden," the Stephen King novella that was the basis for David Koepp's 2004 film, but I had no conscious memory of the story when I sat down to watch the movie. But either I remembered something deep down inside or it was a mistake to cast Timothy Hutton, who starred in movie version of King's "The Dark Half," in a supporting role in this film because I quickly got to the point where I was wondering if I was reading the film wrong simply because it seemed so obvious to me what was going on. The main attraction here is Johnny Depp, because he is one actor who can be counted on never to do anything boring and whose flair for eccentricity and his devotion to odd roles is now being taken as a sign of genius. Depp plays Mort Rainey, a writer who is out in the woods in a cabin, starring at a poorly written opening paragraph that is not getting any better. It soon becomes clear that his writer's block is the result of the fact he is in divorcing proceedings with his wife, Amy (Maria Bello); the opening scene of the film shows us the heart of that trauma. Struggling to deal with these twin demons Rainey is confronted by the sudden appearance of John Shooter (John Turturro), a forbidding looking figure who accuses the writer of plagiarizing a story and demands he put things to rights.Mort is conflicted about his marriage and has no idea what to do with the blank sheet of paper in his typewriter. He wants to be definite about having written the story "Secret Window," but apparently in his deep dark past he plagiarized a story once and given the state he was in when he wrote the story, there just might be something about Shooter's claim. Clearly Mort is at a crossroads where his future could well be in peril (Come on, this is a Stephen King story; this guy is toast).Depp's performance is captivating. It has to be, because he has a lot of scenes where it is just him and his blind dog or the mirror on the wall. But do not neglect the work of screenwriter-director Koepp ("Panic Room"), which you are not really going to be able to appreciate until the second time you watch "Secret Window" (in between watch the featurettes where the director give some key insights into what he was trying to do with the film). I would probably have liked this film more if I had gotten so far ahead of the curve, but I am still impressed with the craftsmanship of the lead actor and the director"
Johnny Depp's 'Secret'
Lauren Schultz | dripping springs, tx United States | 03/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This past weekend, my family and I decided to catch the new Johnny Depp movie. When I first saw the trailers for Secret Window, I thought it was going to be just another insane, slaying movie without a plot and without any real acting talent in it. Boy was I wrong!!! The movie is based on the Stephan King novels, Secret Window and Secret Garden, and knowing this, I knew this movie was going to be a suspenseful thriller. Johnny Depp plays a well-known writer who lately is having an extreme case of writer's block. Now he just sits around in his worn, old bathrobe and talks to his dog, mostly because his wife left him about six months ago for another man. To add to his problems, a stranger from Mississippi comes knocking on his door one day and accuses Mort (Johnny Depp), of stealing his story, Secret Window. Mort becomes fed up with the stranger who calls himself Shooter (John Turturro), and ignores his accusations. But now strange things begin to happen; to Mort, and his family. Mort soon discovers that Shooter is the one reeking havoc on his life. Shooter demands that Mort fix the ending of Secret Window to the way it "should be" and to re-publish it under Shooter's name. He wants the new ending to be that the character kills his wife and buries her in the garden, under the attic's secret window. Mort still refuses to listen to Shooter, and the deadly "accidents" keep on happening. Eventually Mort understands the real reason why Shooter is stalking him, and why the ending of Secret Window needs to be changed. I'm not going to give away the ending because I must say it is one of the MOST unexpected and thrilling finales I have ever witnessed! The repeated saying , "the only thing that matters is the ending", is a major element throughout this movie.
What really made this movie so believable and terrifying was the acting. Johnny Depp's character makes us all jump whenever he opens a closet to discover something or wakes up from his daily nap to find terror right in front of him. And also John Turturro's "Shooter" make's us all think twice before opening the door. This horror film gets an A+ from my family and me! Secret Window will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time and will leave you breathless with an ending to 'die' for!"
Secret window has no secrets, but who cares
B. COLEY JR | NORFOLK, VA United States | 07/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The secret window is a very clever movie that I enjoyed a lot. Johnny Depp once again shows why he is one of the great actors of our time. He played this role very well as a writer who is struggling with his divorce from his wife. Depps wife, played by Maria Bello, has had an affair and is now with the man with whom she had the affair. Depp begins getting a visit from a Mississippi farmer named Shooter claiming Depp stole one of his stories and changed the ending. Without giving away too much the Man begins to torment Depp so he will admit to stealing his story.
The acting in this movie was very good as well as visualization. The person that plays shooter does a very good job. The is very predictable but that should detour you from getting this movie it is still good "
Bad, predictable story
Christine | NH | 09/28/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My first big problem with this movie was that the story is simply stupid. A guy approaches Johnny Depp, short story writer, and accuses him of stealing his story. He threatens to start hurting Depp's loved ones if he doesn't rewrite the story properly. I had a hard time caring. It seemed to be so much revolving around so little, and the movie was so poorly written and predictable that I didn't care about any of it. Finally, when the big twist was revealed, it didn't make sense with everything that had happened in the movie.
When the movie was over, I felt dumber for having watched it. I give it two stars for Johnny Depp's performance, which made the movie at least somewhat enjoyable. However, I still would not recommend watching it."