Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) is a well-known book writer. After going through a divorce with his wife and struggling to write a new novel, Mort decides to hide away in his quiet and peaceful cabin by the lake where he can focus on completing his latest book without any distractions or worries surrounding him.
Mort soon gets a knock on his cabin door from a man named Shooter. Shooter (John Turturro) is not a salesperson, instead accusing Mort of stealing one of his stories and claiming it as his own. Mort brushes the stranger off, stating he can prove the claims are false. As the film moves forward, the people around Mort are now in danger as this unknown man begins to stalk Mort and gets deeper into his world.
It should come to no surprise to my followers when I say my favourite part of Secret Window is Johnny Depp’s performance. Mort is a character who is somewhat careless, messy and is the kind of guy who says it like it is. Nevertheless, when his life in danger, we do feel for Mort and support him as he investigates the man who has accused him and begins to threaten his life. I love the film’s mysteries as I found myself supporting Mort and at the same time questioning many elements of the film, wondering what the results would be.
Secret Window is beautifully filmed, and I love the film’s creepy musical score that is present from the film’s opening sequence. I had the honour of initially seeing this film in cinemas as a teenager. Thankfully the Blu-ray holds up quite wonderfully.
Overall, I found this film rather enjoyable, even if it’s hard to take seriously at times. When the film delivers the final twists, it felt more humourous to me rather than being very scary or suspenseful. Once you know everything as far as the plot goes, the film has little to offer and classed as a fun film for those who love a good thriller and laugh at minor jump scares. The film can even more fun if you watch it with a loved one or a good group of friends.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden