Jack Says 2011 NR

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Jacks wakes up with amnesia in a bathroom next to a murdered body. Police on his tail and know memory, he must slowly piece together the crime while keeping his freedom.

Starring:
Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

Jack Says

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Genres Drama
Director Bob Phillips
Starring Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani
Supporting actors Aurélie Amblard, Daniel Roberts, Rula Lenska, Mike Reid, Eric Cantona, Ashlie Walker, Nicolas Carpentier, Forbes KB, Christopher Fosh, Danny Idollor, James Frail, Charlie Palmer, Julian Lee, Miguel Pinheiro, Rob Talbot, Robert Stone, Ralf Rueller, Phil Pritchard
Studio Synergetic Distribution
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
"Jack Says," released in 2008, is an indie film with an interesting history. Winner of the "best actor" and "jury" awards at the Newport Film Festival, it became the springboard for a graphic novel prequel, Jack Said. The graphic novel was also made into a movie in 2009.

"Jack Says" opens with a black and white sequence surprisingly reminiscent of Sin City and Guy Ritchie films. When it switches to color, it loses some of its impact. Throughout this tale of a man who has lost his memory, black and white flashbacks interweave with current happenings, each time reminding us how much better it would have been if the entire film were black and white.

The color and black/white issue notwithstanding, "Jack Says" is neo film noir that sucks the audience in with its graphic violence and entertains with references to the works of David Lynch and another cult amnesia flick, Memento. Fans of Memento will find many similarities, although Jack Says is a linear narration, and not as polished.

As Jack (Simon Phillips, well cast) searches for clues to his own identity, viewers try to unravel this enigmatic character's past attempting to decipher exactly what is going on. Two "surprises" delivered at the end are not impossible to pick up on earlier. But whether or not viewers are able to deduce these points, they will be totally absorbed by the dark atmosphere, twists, and dialogue.

In addition to flashes of Ritchie, Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, and Christopher Nolan, there is a Quentin Tarantino influence that culminates in a Kill Bill 2 touch at the end. Jack Says pays homage to these five directors, who have set high standards in their respective genres.
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