The Jacket (2005)
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as Jack Starks
as Jackie Price
as Dr. Thomas Becker
as Dr. Lorenson
as Rudy Mackenzie
as Jean Price
as The Stranger
as Dr. Morgan
as Nurse Harding
as Dr. Hopkins
as Little Jackie
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Critic Reviews for The Jacket
Ultimately it doesn't amount to much, but like Starks' drug-induced trip, The Jacket is about the journey not the destination.
It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.
The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.
Here, Maybury is just arty for art's sake, filming entire scenes in close-ups so big that viewers leave the theater knowing way more than they ever wanted to about the lead actors' bridgework.
Audience Reviews for The Jacket
The film has an intriguing idea but takes too long to finally kick in, which is something that ought to be a bit exasperating for some viewers, and it almost gets ruined by a silly ending that tries too hard to be optimistic against any logic left, even if the actors do their best to sell it.
An Iraq war veteran sent home with serious head trauma is convicted of a murder he does not remember committing. While enduring an experimental "treatment" at the hands of a sadistic doctor, he suddenly finds himself somewhere and somewhen else. This off beat sci-fi fantasy has a lot of elements of familiar wish-fulfilment and time travel stories. His romance with emotional burn out Keira Knightley reminded me a little of Eternal Sunshine, the meddling with time aspect is very like The Butterfly Effect and the whole time travel/mental hospital scenario is very Twelve Monkeys. The thing that makes this film is the combination of great performances and the way that although it feels a little generic, it continually hops between those genres without feeling disjointed which keeps the story intriguing right til the end. Adrien Brody is excellent as the long suffering patient, as is an almost unrecognisable Daniel Craig as his Cuckoo's Nest style confidante. There are some nice visual flourishes and the direction is nice and tight, the film far from outstaying its welcome. I quite enjoyed the darker aspect of The Butterfly Effect and this film does something similar with a more mature approach.
Pretty interesting time travel film that refuses to explain its own logic. After a head injury during operation desert storm a soldier is close to death. After his return to the US he gets mistaken for a killer and hospitalized in a mental asylum. Each time he gets a special medication and the straight jacket he jumps forward in time, soon learning about his ultimate fate. Brody makes for a convincing unlikely hero, but the most pleasant surprise of the cast is Knightley who does not remind you of her Pirate princess even once and delivers a great performance. The script may not always make all that much sense, but the story is enthralling and keeps you wondering how it's all gonna play out. In the genre of the mind-fuck movies this does belong to the upper half.
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