The film centers on a wounded Gulf war veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. He is hitching and gets picked up by a stranger, things go pear shaped when a cop pulls them over and is murdered by the stranger. The vet. is wrongly accused of killing the cop and lands up in an asylum. A quack doctor prescribes a course of experimental therapy, restraining him in a heavy duty straight jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. During course of his treatment he gets flashbacks and visions of his future , where he can foresee he is to die in four days time. The catch is he doesn't know how. Thus commences the classic race against time. Written by
The film is based on the story "The Star Rover" by Jack London, which in turn, was based on his interviews with Ed Morrell, who, while in prison at San Quentin, was tortured, often with a very tight straitjacket, which constricted his chest, breathing, and blood flow. In order to cope with this, he quickly learned self-hypnosis, similar to what Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) goes through. See more »
In one scene when Jack is being put into the drawer, the shot shows him being put in head first. The next shot of him inside the drawer, he is in feet first. See more »
[Walking over to Iraqi child who's breathing hard]
How's it going little man? You all right?
[Babak pulls out gun. Jack puts his hand up in a stop gesture but Babak shoots Jack in the head. Jack falls to the ground]
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Written by Roger Eno
Performed by Roger Eno
Courtesy of Opal Ltd./All Saints Records
Under license from Opal Music, London/PRS except in N. America by Upala Music Inc. /BMI
Produced by Daniel Lanois See more »
The Jacket is another very, very classic and conventional sci-fi based thriller who relies on the usual tricks of the genre: identity search, time travel, alteration of future events... nothing particularly original and that is what mainly serves this unremarkable movie badly. The elements on which relies the scenario have all been used over and over again and often better in other productions: for example, some developments are a bit far-fetched, like the not so credible love story.
It's a shame because the direction is good, as the rhythm, the intriguing atmosphere is coherent with the genre, but it's Adrien Brody's excellent performance, by the way an incredibly underrated actor, who illuminates the movie, as opposed to his partner Keira Knightley, always very linear.
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