Following a bitter seperation from his wife, famed mystery writer Mort Rainey is unexpectedly confronted at his remote lake house by a dangerous stranger named John Shooter.
Claiming Rainey has plagiarized his short story, the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter's demands turn to threats - and then murder - Rainey turns to a private detective for help.
But he can't trust anyone or anything in this shocking psychological thriller.
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Thu, 24 Jun 2010 | Review by: Fatimah J
From past experiences, any movies conceived from a Stephen King novel usually turns out poorly, mainly because Stephen King has a way with words, resulting in the reader being amazed at the story unfolding before him; which most directors will usually not be able to project through their movies.
All in all, this movie turned out better than the usual adaptations, considering it has a somewhat cliched plot. Johnny Depp played his role so well, one can't really tell whether it was all in his mind until the very end. One suspects the way the story is headed but because Depp provides such a convincing case of innocence tangled with horror and fear, one cannot fully condemn him as guilty or not until the story comes to its conclusion.
Johnny Depp, the actor most of us have come to think of as superly talented or just plain weird, stars as Mort Rainey: novelist with a bad case of writer's block. We find out that he is currently going through a divorce which might be the contributing factor in his case of "staring at the blank page" for hours on end. He seems to mostly live a solitary life, with only his housekeeper and dog as company. His life takes a turn when a man shows up at his door, claiming that Rainey had stolen his story. Rainey, having once plagiarized a story is suddenly drawn into an abyss of doubt and the need for self-defence. The accuser makes his threats and to Rainey's horror, carries them out. Did He steal this man's story ? If not, why does this maniac insist on him proving it ?
A movie which had its share of gore, thrills, twists and turns; with the added plus of some hilariously amusing scenes. 3 stars only for Depp and Chiko's (the blind dog) performance.
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