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Secret Window (2004)

Directed by:
David Koepp
Secret Window
96 minutes
Produced by:
Gavine Polono
Written by (based on a novella by Stephen King):
David Koepp

Cast includes:

Mort Rainey Johnny Depp
John Shooter John Turturro
Amy Rainey Maria Bello
Ted Milner Timothy Hutton
Ken Karsh Charles S. Dutton



Secret Window is essentially a classically built-up mystery-thriller. It's a "who dunnit" except that we know the "who" (apparently), and the "it" is not yet done. Johnny Depp stars in a role we've come accustomed to seeing him in as the eccentric loner who is or is on the verge of becoming a social misfit. Depp works this role so well that we're instantly drawn to his character and spun into his world. What then is presented is a mystery and a very 'Stephen Kingish' one at that (how many times have we seen King write a writer as his protagonist). But instead of focusing merely on solving the mystery, Secret Window is a very intelligent and thoughtful movie that first and foremost wants to explore and understand its characters. David Koepp directs with a brilliant sense of narrative tempo and, perhaps more surprisingly, an incredible sense for the visuals. Of course, with Depp, we also get a fair share of comedy, but the movie's main asset is its psychological drama, and that is in the case of this film just as thrilling as the scares.

Copyright 15.12.2004 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]