Released on March 12, 2004, Secret Window was directed by of one of most accomplished writers in Hollywood, David Koepp. Mr. Koepp has written a number of our favorite films including Jurassic Park, Spider-man & Mission Impossible to name a few. Koepp also wrote this screenplay adapted from Stephen King's novella entitled "Secret Window, Secret Garden." If you're a fan or know of Stephen King, which I'm sure most of you do seeing as he's a house-hold name, you'll understand this piece of work is anything but of normal.
Now, I know this film is dated however it's one of my top 5 favorites and I felt the need to push it out, because it's one that can easily slip through the cracks. This movie is riddled with surprises and they seem to be endless! I've seen it a number of times and I still get a new piece of the puzzle I missed before every time I watch it! They're are hints and clues hidden everywhere so you really have to pay attention, especially to the dialogue.
Johnny Depp of course delivers a superb performance! It's a breath of fresh air to see him play a more "reasonable" member of society, well...in looks that is. Depp plays a character named Mort Rainey, who is a writer going through a tough limbo-like stage in his life. Mort finds comfort in his writing...some would say a little too much comfort.
You often find him in a perplexed state trying to play catch up with his own writing. Almost as if someone else is pulling the strings...
David Keopp was also able to bring together a slew of other great performers such as John Turturro, Maria Bello, Len Cariou & Timothy Hutton.
Secret Window is a great film that could use a tad more notoriety. Do yourself's a solid and check out this great gem of film-making and storytelling at it's finest!