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Movie Review: A compelling ‘window’ on madness

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by Chrissy Zehrbach
Sports Editor

It is not uncommon for people to hear voices in their heads. It is whether they listen to these voices that ultimately determines their character and outlook on any situation.

“Secret Window” opens with a man sitting in his car outside a hotel, listening to the voices race inside his head. For the time being, he ignores them. These voices are nothing new to Mort Rainey, the author portrayed by Johnny Depp in the film.

Adding to his broad repertoire of on-screen personalities, Rainey is a fresh character for the Academy Award nominated actor, proving his versatility.

Rainey is not only mentally ill, but also paranoid, and Depp’s acting ability allows him to portray this character convincingly. It is also Depp’s sporadic comic relief that adds that something extra to this suspense thriller, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Secret Window, Secret Garden.”

“Secret Window” will give any jumpy viewer chills. The composition of each scene is well developed by screenwriter and director David Koepp (“Spider Man”), adding believability to the film, making you hold your breath as the story unfolds.

“Secret Window” is worth every penny fom beginning to end, with its interesting story and well-developed characters. One cannot help but wait until the story unfolds.

Rainey is a fiction writer who, when he is not sleeping, is trying to write novels in his remote lakeside cabin.

His life is turned upside down one day when he is confronted by John Shooter (John Turturro) who claims Rainey stole his story and changed the ending.

Shooter will stop at nothing, stalking Rainey for days, violently provoking him to prove that he did in fact write the story.

Rainey watches his loved ones, mainly his recently separated ex-wife Amy (Maria Bello), put in dangerous situations as he searches for the truth.

Truth is elusive as things are not always as they seem. In “Secret Window,” viewers must decipher the illusions from the reality in finding the truth behind the secret window.

Shooter wants his ending to be restored. The only question is whether Rainey will do so in fiction or in reality.

As Mort says, “The only thing that matters is the ending. That’s the most important part of the story. This one is very good, it’s perfect.”

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