Secret Window

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Secret Window is about a writer who is accused of stealing a story. Johny Depp is the writer. It's pretty good. It is not Science Fiction but it is about the writing life. Johny Depp must be doing good as a writer. At the time of the story he is having trouble writing. It is based on a novella by Stephen King called Secret Window, Secret Garden.

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Secret Windoe

I wasn't expecting too much from this, but I didn't even get that. It wasn't a BAD movie, it just wasn't good. Everything was so already done--the writer who drifts into lunacy, the character that's only a figment of imagination, the writing on walls.

The movie hinged on the end, which did not live up to the fabulously mysterious beginning with the Shooter character. The beginning was so good, that an already done/ mundane ending would ruin the interesting opening scenes. And the end did ruin it.

I did like Depp's portrayl of this particular writer. That was well done. I also really like the cinematography. It was very Hitchcockesque withthe beautifull shots of both inside the cabin and the scenery outside juxtaposed with strange objects like Shooter's hat for example.

Not recommended. If you want a good psycological thriller watch Fight Club, Usual Suspects, or if you really want to pull your hair, Momento. IMO, those are all 4-5 star movies (for different reasons each)[/b]


Life is a lot like caving: Most of the time you grope around in the dark.

Re:Secret Window

Agreed on all points. I don't know what was wrong with the movie, it just didn't work.

Great acting, and the direction was good too. If you watch the DVD extras you can see the little tricks the director threw in to add suspense. (I find that stuff fascinating.)

I think the problem is the story itself -- there wasn't enough there. Apparently it came from a King short story. I know I read that story but I don't remember it at all. I guess that says something.

I'm not a complete idiot -- some parts are missing.