Morton Rainey (Johnny Depp) is an author in the midst of a personal crisis in this creepy thriller based on a story by Stephen King. After discovering his wife (Maria Bello) in bed with another man (Timothy Hutton), Rainey retreats to his lakeside cabin to cope, write and sleep his days away. But to Rainey’s surprise, an unexpected guest — eccentric dairy farmer John Shooter (John Turturro) — also finds his way there. A hostile visitor, Shooter boldly accuses Rainey of stealing and publishing one of his stories. He even produces a manuscript, The Secret Garden, about a man who kills his adulterous wife and buries her beneath his garden. Shooter threatens violence if Rainey doesn’t correct the ending and credit him with authorship. Meanwhile, Rainey attempts to prove that he wrote the original story while also struggling with his wife’s ongoing adultery. As the conflict escalates, Rainey realizes that Shooter is a serious, deadly and psychotic foe.
Secret Window unfortunately is predictable. The film focuses on and is framed by the main character’s response to his wife’s adultery. Though outwardly mature in his dealings with her, Morton Rainey is so inwardly offended by her actions that he chooses to retreat from the world, spending most of his days moping, talking to himself and sleeping. The film is an interesting journey that blurs the line between fact and fantasy. But in the end, it is unacceptable because of graphic and sadistic violence and significant objectionable language.