Academy Award(r) nominee Johnny Depp (2003 Best Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) gives his most riveting performance in this action/suspense thriller featuring a top-notchcast including John Turturro, Maria Bello, Academy Award(r) winner Timothy Hutton (1981 Best Supporting Actor, Ordinary People) and Charles S. Dutton. Following a bitter separation from his wife (Bello), famed mystery writer Mort Rainey (Depp) is unexpectedly confronted at his remote lake house by adangerous stranger named John Shooter (Turturro). Claiming Rainey has plagiarized his short story,the psychotic Shooter demands justice. When Shooter't trust anyone or anything. A shocking psychological thriller from the writer of Panic Room, David Koepp.
Johnny Depp gets high off another acting challenge in this tricky adaptation of a Stephen King yarn
. Although the mood is too sinister to allow for the mischief of his Pirates of the Caribbean
turn, Depp still manages to embroider his role here with plenty of quirky business. He plays a writer, depressed and nearly divorced, who's stuck in an isolated cabin (shades of The Shining
) when a stranger (John Turturro) arrives, accusing him of plagiarism. Writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes
) does his best to make the rickety material compelling--he gets the maximum out of the cabin set, for instance--but the problems inherent in the King story eventually win out. The climactic scenes are particularly unpleasant, especially in contrast to the cleverness of Depp's performance. A Philip Glass score adds class, but this one ultimately feels like a disappointment. --Robert Horton