Secret Window (2004 - English)
Rating - 4.5/10
'Johnny Depp', a secluded writer faces the charges of plagiarism from a stranger, 'Shooter' who threatens him to agree that he has copied his story. Puzzled Johnny doesn't entertain him but once he reads the transcript of Shooter he gets dumbstruck as the story has striking resemblances with one of his earlier works, 'Secret Window'. Then starts the emotional struggle of Johnny to prove that he is innocent and didn't copy the story. He tries to take help of his about to be divorced wife but Shooter becomes wild and
starts disturbing Johnny Depp's life by resorting to killings of the ones who can help Johnny.
Johnny finds out that the new fiance of his wife has employed Shooter and becomes furious on him. Johnny Wife's atlast finds that Shooter was infact result of split personality of Johnny and it was he himself who was doing all the killings in the pretext of Shooter. A new person had emerged from him with his immense urge to correct the ending of his 'Secret Window' story. How Johnny corrects the ending forms the rest of the story.
The film gains great momentum with the entry of Shooter in Johnny's life. Shooter's strange character and Johnny's innocence are well established with decent screenplay. It keeps the audience continuously guessing on the possible turn around events. The writer has also created good amount of sympathy on Johnny's life. He also succeeded in diverting the audience towards the possible mastermind. However the entire positive buildup created, vehemently collapses once it is revealed to be just another split personality story. It is the major disappointment in the film.
The idea of using plagiarism in a thriller is innovative and the idea of using split personality is repetitive. This has made the film just an ok with no big wonders to look
for. Only if you are too much fascinated towards thrillers you might watch it or else you wouldn't miss anything.
Reviewer - Arjun