Famed mystery writer, Mort Rainey (Depp) is confronted by a mysterious stranger outside his house. This stranger calls himself John Shooter (Turturro) and claims that Mort has stolen an idea for a story from him.
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“This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife.” Unjustly overlooked, here's a suave Hitchcockian thriller that is only nominally interested in the Big Twist (crackable 10mins in). Instead, the focus is on atmosphere and author Mort Rainey, morbidly stricken by his wife's infidelity and a very bad case of writer's block. Deliciously dry-witted, its got Johnny Depp in top form, eating Doritos and corn.
Slow pacing, totally predictable and boring. No frills, no thrills. There was a lack of a coherent thought followed through. And the suppose "clever twist" doesn't come as a surprise to me, I guess because I've seen better. But the part before you find out who-dun-it are interesting and pretty neat. Johnny Depp is a good actor, but he could not prevent this boat from sinking. I'd assume the book was better?
Few of King's stories translate to film with good results. Secret Window is an exception, thanks to Depp's spot-on performance as Mort Rainey. King injects at lot of humor into his horror, and Depp manages to pull it off nicely. Fun to watch, and the ending to the story remains intact, thank you. Good supporting cast.
Lento e piatto, l'unica roba che si salva è l'idea del finale. Solo l'idea, appunto, decisamente non l'esecuzione. Voleva essere un thriller intenso con un plot twist finale sconvolgente, ma è tutto così tediosamente prolisso che lo spettatore si concentra solo nel tentativo di sbrogliare l'inghippo e ci riesce facilmente prima dell'arrivo del finale. Potenzialmente intrigante, effettivamente un flop.
"I know I can do it," Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. "I'm sure that in time, every bit of her will be gone and her death will be a mystery... even to me."