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Secret Window (2004)

Directed by:
David Koepp
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Secret Window
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Produced by:
Gavine Polono
Written by (based on a novella by Stephen King):
David Koepp


Cast includes:

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

 

Review

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 seing 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 spinned 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 of the visuals. Of course, with Depp, we also get a fair share of comedy but the movie's main offer is through 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]