DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton
Written By: David Koepp, Stephen King (novel)
Directed By: David Koepp
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I didn’t really know anything about this movie, so maybe that’s why I liked it. Perhaps if I knew about the story beforehand, I would have guessed what happens. 2 reasons why I wanted to see this movie, Johnny Depp and Stephen King novel.
Secret Window is about Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp), who’s going through a nasty separation, and is now living in upstate New York with his dog Chico. He just wants to relax, nap and write the perfect ending to a story. But he gets interrupted one day when a strange Mississippi man named John Shooter (John Turturro) knocks on his door and says he stole his story called Secret Window, the same story Mort wrote. Mort just brushes off the man until he starts to get violent and threatening him with murder. Mort’s ex-wife (Maria Bello) and boyfriend (Timothy hutton) come into the picture and try to get Mort to sign over the divorce papers and make it final, and stuff begins to happen to them as well.
I went into this movie not knowing what’s going to happen and ended up liking the movie a lot because I didn’t see it coming. I’ll try not to give anything away concerning the plot or ending. I liked the ending because it wasn’t your typical Hollywood ending. If I say anything more about that, i’ll spoil it and I don’t want to do that. What makes this movie worth seeing is Johnny Depp. It just seems with every movie role he has, the man gives it his all and just has a creative way of acting. The little things he does makes the character realistic or funny, depending on what he’s doing. Who knows how this movie would have been like without Depp. John Turturro is also good in this but his performance is a bit over the top, but once you see the movie from beginning to end, you’ll realize why. I also felt the direction, and camera tricks was done very well. Cool camera shots going through mirrors, and windows, and seeing stuff from different point of views. The story was kind of slow in the beginning though. It took a awhile to get going. I like the suspense and the flashbacks of the films. Some images or dream sequences would flash on the screen and you wondered what they were all about. After seeing the movie, you get a sense of why that is.
Overall, Secret Window is an enjoyable movie that I liked, mainly because of Johnny Depp’s performance, and the ending was great too. If I had to fit this movie into a genre, it would be a psychological thriller so if you enjoy those types of movies, Secret Window might be the movie for you!
– Four Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Koepp
– Three Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes: From Book to Film, A Look Through It, Secrets Revealed
– Animated Storyboards
– Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Koepp
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: The ending was great. It’s something I wasn’t expecting.
Rating: Rated PG-13
Running Time: 96 minutes