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
During filming of the key flashback scene, where Angelo Andreo (Babak the Iraqi boy) shoots Adrien Brody (Jack Starks) in the head, the boy is actually aiming at extra Tom Burke, who played the Humvee gunner. Adrian Brody, realizing he wouldn't actually be on-camera for that shot, had escaped to his trailer for a break. See more »
Bethan Mowat, the Canadian second assistant director's name is misspelled in the movie credits as Maowat. 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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Difficult to categorize but, for all its faults, still quite a gripping roller-coaster of a movie
Every so often there's a movie that's so hard to describe that it's to
picture whether it's your type of movie or not. The Jacket melds about
five different genres without falling firmly into any of them. Even to
describe it as an 'alternative reality' movie could put off those who
think, "Oh, no, not another sci-fi". I wouldn't describe it as sci-fi.
There is a love story, but I wouldn't call it that. There's some pretty
disturbing shots and dizzying camera work but it's not really a horror
film. What can you rely on? A stellar cast for starters: Adrien Brody,
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson. All needed
as the story is not exactly flawless, but the combined
characterisations and sheer ingenuity keep you in suspense and mostly
make you want to forgive any shortcomings in this rather ambitious
If you like stories nice and simple, stay away. If you like a
challenge, The Jacket might fill the bill. It's not quite such a
headbanging puzzle as Mulholland Drive, and it doesn't have the
cutesiness of Donnie Darko, but it is in the realm of dark, weird and
ultimately rather moving experimental film.
Brody is Mr quite nice guy Jack Starks, apparently shot dead at point
blank range in the Gulf War - but hang on a minute, his eyelids blink
before they pronounce him dead and he recovers - with amnesia but
otherwise OK - then he gets committed to an asylum for the criminally
insane fro a murder he didn't do, and we're talking 1990s when some
pretty strange experimental psychotherapy went on behind closed doors.
Enter the old doctor, played by Kris Kristofferson, who looks like he's
had one too many acid trips and survived and believes he can think up
new treatments for nutters like Jack Starks. During some pretty
unconventional (not say unethical by today's standards) solitary
'treatment', Starks sees himself in 2007. The treatment is a
combination of drugs and sensory deprivation - a sort of Neanderthal
NLP the hard way. Each time he is locked up in 'The Jacket', Starks'
projected timeline lets him interact with other characters in his
dilemma. It gets continuingly creepier and the tension builds to an
ending that leaves you shocked, horrified and filled with warmth at the
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