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Secret Window

A movie directed by David Koepp

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A miss for Johnny Depp

  • Jul 19, 2004
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Rating:
-3
Pros: Johnny Depp - pretty scenery

Cons: The plot - the dialogue - could not be taken seriously

The Bottom Line: This should win a Golden Turkey Award. Bad story, bad acting, just all around a let down.

I am a fan of Johnny Depp. I enjoy his acting and seek out his films. He always brings a unique perspective to his work which I enjoy. I am also a big fan of John Turturro and have seen almost all of his films. Again, he brings out quirky bits in movies that I find appealing.

Secret Window is based on a short story of Stephen King. Stars Johnny Depp and John Turturro, sounds good so far but this movie missed the mark on several levels.

The basic premise Johnny Depp is an author who is recovering from the trauma of his wife leaving him He spends most of his time on the couch asleep. I could not get over how slovenly Depp's clothes and his hair was in this film. Imagine an insane man living under a bridge with wildly unkempt hair and rags for clothes. That is how Johnny looked in every scence of this film. I understand the premise that the man is in the midst of a personal crisis but the hair was so bad it distracted me from the story.

John Turtutto plays a psychotic southern misfit whose intent is to right the wrongs of plagarism of his story. The threats and level of violence escalates with each meeting of the two. The Turturro character commits acts of murder prove how angry he is with Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp's intent is to prove who wrote the novel first and the film spends 20 minutes on trying to figure out how to get a magazine from 1995. Johhny states "Wait, I think I have a copy at my old house" but when his house burns down the magazine is lost. The characters then lenghtly discuss having the publisher federal express a copy. Hello! It's called a LIBRARY, every heard of one? That made me sour on the film as there were several instances of a similar nature. The suspension of disbelief was not credible.

The worst was the ending, and for the patrons who have not seen this - I won't reveal the oh-so-obvious secret. But, it does deal with multiple personality disorder which is so cliched that I was stunned that I laughed to see it used here.

Doh! This was a turkey of the first order and I am sorry for renting it.

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Starring Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton
Directed by David Koepp
Writer:  David Koepp (screenplay) Stephen King (story)
Based on the short story "Secret Window, Secret Garden" by Stephen King
2004

Product Description
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). Based on a steven king novel: secret window secret garden. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/20/2005 Starring: Johnny Depp Maria Bello Run time: 96 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Director: David Koepp
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: March 12, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 46min
Studio: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Grand Slam Productions
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