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:: Secret Window

This is a thriller based on Stephen King’s ‘Secret Window, Secret Garden’. It stands up well due to another terrific acting performance by Johnny Depp. His style is so original that it’s becoming riveting to observe. The story has been adapted by writer/director David Koepp.

We are introduced to Mort Rainey (Depp) who is an author holed up in isolation out in no man’s land. He tries to use writing as a means of self-therapy, in order to get over a failed marriage to Amy (Maria Bello). The home conditions are messy. Life becomes a mess for Mort when a scary guy called John Shooter (John Turturro) arrives at his place and claims that Mort stole one of his stories. Mort dismisses it but Shooter isn’t put off and starts to intimidate Mort.

The story goes in twists but one who doesn’t pay attention will miss the fact that there is consistency in the story’s pattern. The director doesn’t really telegraph his intentions but it’s obvious that there is more than one explanation for Shooter’s actions.

The psychology in the film is thought provoking and the observations of Mort, the human drama concerning his relationships, and the grimness of a Stephen King story, amounts to a clever exercise. Director David Koepp keeps the texture and atmosphere so it all fits in effectively.

The work of the actors is important in the scheme of things. Depp is low-key, funny, and yet so edgy with the quirky mannerisms he displays. John Turturro does an excellent job in making Shooter a terrifying character. He radiates creepiness. The music score by Phillip Glass deserves mention as very effective.

The film does travel at a good, leisurely pace and keeps us generally entertained with out the big ending we might have anticipated. Thanks to Depp and Turturro, in particular, plus good direction, ‘Secret Window’ comes across as amusing and entertaining.