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Shot in the head during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, American soldier Jack Starks (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody - The Pianist) is pronounced dead by army medics moments before miraculously returning to life. One year later, Jack has returned to his native Vermont, where he is arrested for a murder he cannot remember. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, the veteran finds himself in an asylum, where a maniacal doctor (Kris Kristofferson - Blade trilogy) puts him on a grueling regimen of experimental drugs, restrains him in a jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. The therapy sends the patient on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death in four days' time. Now, the only question that matters is: Can the woman (Keira Knightley - Bend It Like Beckham) he meets in the future save him from The Jacket?]]>
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Great performances by a strong cast plus an interesting plot propel this over most movies that come out in the theatres these days. In some respects it's even better than The Butterfly Effect (which had a simular plot) especially because it has a strong lead where as B.E did not.
Given a chance with different marketing this could have been big. So check it out on DVD now!
Starks' problems begin when a little Iraqi kid plugs him in the head as his unit is trying to control a crowd during a combat mission in the Gulf War. He is left for dead and may in fact have died (but I don't want to get into a tricky metaphysical discussion on this point). Then, it's a year later and we see Jack walk down a wintry road and help a woman and daughter get their car started - a seemingly innocuous event but one of great importance in this story. Then Jack bums a ride with a stranger, the car gets pulled over by a policeman, and the next thing Jack knows, he's on trial for killing a cop. No one believes his story, much of which he doesn't remember anyway, and there's no denying the fact that he suffered a serious head injury in the war, so he ends up being confined in a mental institution for the criminally insane. There are definitely some insane people at the institution - unfortunately, some of them are on the staff.
I'm still trying to figure out who told Kris Kristofferson he could act, but he shows up here as Dr. Mengel- uh, I mean Dr. Becker.Read more ›
Surprisingly enough, the movie actually turns out to be rather upbeat in spite of this fact. Of course, it's upbeat in a rather twisted, bizarre sort of way. It is kind of a cross between a ghost story and a time travel movie. And, yes, the movie is as weird as that sounds, although weird doesn't make it not worth seeing.
Of course, the biggest feature of this film is Keira Knightley. She adds a great deal of flavor to a movie that looks for all the world like it's going to be a real downer.
If you're into movies that are not afraid to be classified as "experimental," you may well want to check this one out. If you're not claustrophobic, you will be perfect for viewing this film!!
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It's a deep story about overcoming monsters. My teenage kids love it and we watch it together.Published 1 day ago by mrs bonner
THE JACKET is a smart thriller, with above-average heft and imagination in the story, the structure, and especially in the striking visuals. Read more
One of my favorite movies with mind boggling concepts starting with Adrien Brody's opening voice over, "The first time I died I was..."Published 2 months ago by Catman
The director and writers have created an ultimate story and brought it to life! Adrien Brody should have gotten an award for this movie and a remake would be appreciated by the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew F.
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