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    Cast:

    Johnny Depp .... Mort Rainey
    Maria Bello .... Amy Dowd Rainey
    Gillian Ferrabee .... Fran Evans
    Richard Jutras .... Motel Manager
    John Turturro .... John Shooter

    Summary:

    Johnny Depp plays an established writer who lives alone in a small town after splitting with his wife. One day a strange man knocks on his door claiming that he stole a story of his and that they would have to deal with this problem one on one. Later on he finds his wife's dog killed by the man as a warning to take him seriously. The man keeps showing up in strange times and doing stranger things every time.

    Critique:

    Capitalizing on Depp's recent Oscar nomination, Columbia Pictures moves up the release date for this thriller in a smart move to take advantage of the buzz surrounding him. Although he's been quiet in the last few years, his box office career just reached it's beak after "Pirates of The Caribbean" became the surprise hit it was. With this release date, this film should not have any problems into taking the number 2 spot behind "The Passion" and banking in more than $20 million this weekend. Despite of its box office future, "Window" is a decent thriller that is saved by its cast and execution.

    Probably the best thing about this movie is the acting by the cast. Johnny Depp and John Turturro really make this movie what it is. Turturro has been doing comedies lately but this is the opposite of his recent projects. He plays a dark psychotic character and convinces you that he is just that.

    The excution was pretty good as well. The direction, choice of shots and the sound effects were nice. I like PG-13 movies which can get the audience into it like a horror movie. This obviously isn't as scary as "The Ring" or that sort of movie but there were some scary scenes from nothing which is always fun.

    The first problem with this movie is the writing. Thrillers like this should go in a faster pace and slow down during the scary parts but this movie felt like it was going very slow for the runtime it had. It felt like it was trying to create a story from nothing. At one point during the movie, a viewer may not care anymore about the story or just get annoyed with the going back and forth.

    Also what makes these thrillers good or not so good is the twist. How shocking the twist is to the audience is one of the key components and like the trailer said "The ending is the most important part of the story". Unless there is extraordinary acting, direction or cinematography, the twist is what makes a thriller better than the next one. This twist I've seen before in a recent "classic" so I didn't like it very much.

    Even with all that, I still liked the movie for some reason. It was entertaining if you could over the obvious flaws. There is a lot of humor in it which could be taken as a positive in terms of making it a lighter film or a negative in terms of not keeping up the dark, thrilling, scary feel to the movie.

    Overall this was a decent, entertaining and fun thriller. It's better than a lot of recent ones but not as good as others. If you like Depp or Turturro or just want to have a fun time then this should do the trick.

    Rating: 7/10
    Runtime: 106 min.
    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, sexual content and language.
    "Secret Window" opens nationwide Friday March, 12, 2004.
    Last edited by M; 03-12-2004, 01:56 PM.
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  • #2
    Just watched the trailer, looks really cool depp is a great actor so I will check this out..

    Off topic a bit but M what is your avatar from? its intriguing...
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    • #3
      Good review, thanks for posting.
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      • #4
        awesome review m, thanks for posting. you haven't done one in a while

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        • #5
          thanks...i will look forward to the cinema showings
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          • #6
            Dope movie!

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            • #7
              I wanna see this movie quite alot actually. Depp is a very good actor indeed.
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              • #8
                ehhh dont bother... i just got back... i mean depp is a genius but the story is... terrible

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by D-one-Two
                  Off topic a bit but M what is your avatar from? its intriguing...
                  It's from Dawn Of the Dead.
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