Secret Window (2004) Movie Review

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Secret Window (2004)

2004 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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Secret Window Plot Synopsis:

Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort's dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately.

Secret Window (2004) Review

Secret Window (2004) is one of those Stephen King based movies that are transitioned well from book to movie. The flaw is that this is supposed to be a mystery thriller but you end up watching Depp because he is fun to watch. Screenplay credit and director David Koepp spent an estimated $40 million dollars on this film which only opened to $18 million at the box office.

Johnny Depp plays writer Mort Rainey who is trying to write in his lakeside cabin after catching his wife Amy (Maria Bello - Prisoners (2013), A History of Violence (2005), Payback (1999)) and Ted Milner (Timothy Hutton) in a motel six months prior. A mysterious John Shooter (John Turturro - Transformers (2007)) shows up claiming that Rainey plagiarized his life. The crimes are real, and now there is both legal retribution to pay and the killer wants his dues.

The Secret Window story sets you up thinking one thing but thanks to Stephen King, drops you in an entirely different zone. The characters are well set up. I also loved how the story unfolds carefully while keeping you guessing every step of the way. I will recommend this to anyone. I was originally not too fond of its slow movie elements but give it time. The ending is something that you will most likely figure out but will be engrossed in the story/performances nevertheless.

  • Secret Window Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.87
  • IMDB: 6.6
  • MetaCritic: 4.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.6

About Secret Window 2004

Title: Secret Window
Year: 2004
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.94/5 stars from 165,461 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 165,461
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Secret Window Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Charles S. Dutton, Maria Bello, Vlasta Vrana, John Turturro, Len Cariou, Isabelle Champeau, Matt Holland, Timothy Hutton, Vito DeFilippo, Sarah Allen, Richard Jutras, Bronwen Mantel, Kyle Allatt, Joan Heney, John Dunn-Hill, Gillian Ferrabee, Elizabeth Marleau, Kevin Woodhouse
Secret Window Writers: Stephen King, David Koepp
Secret Window Director: David Koepp
Box Office: $47,781,388
Production: Columbia Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA