For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.
Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one seemingly simple question. However, it doesn't take long for confusion to ensue and tensions to unravel.
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 wrong when a cop pulls them over and is murdered by a stranger. The vet is wrongly accused of the killing and lands in an asylum. A disreputable doctor prescribes a course of experimental therapy, restraining him in a modified strength straight jacket-like device, and locks him away in a cadaver drawer in the basement morgue. During the course of his treatment, he gets flashbacks and visions of his future where he can foresee that he is to die in four days time; He just doesn't know how. And thus commences the classic race against time for this tortured veteran with an expiration date.Written by
At the first interview of Jack with Dr. Lorenson, the clothes of Jack appear opened, then closed and opened again. 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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There are 2 continuations to the last scene where Jackie gives Jack a ride and the sun shines behind them. In one version, we hear Jack screaming as Dr. Becker gets him out of the drawer. In the second Version, we see Jack has really died in Iraq. See more »
A tired thriller that fails to emotionally connect.
As with most movies made in this genre "The Jacket" is ,if you can believe it, a second rate "Butterfly Effect". It's a time sequence movie that leaps back and forth between the present and the past,the real and the unreal.I saw both the "Butterfly Effect" and "The Jacket" at it's opening night Sundance premiere and enjoyed the "Butterfly Effect" much more. Do not be fooled. The Jacket is a mediocre film with limited emotional connection that is masquerading as a deep psychological thriller with a serious and important message. It's best performance is wrung out by Keira Knightly as Adrien Brody's love interest and connection to the past and future. While Adrian Brody does indeed have a strong screen presence his acting seems almost lost and dominated by the heavy handed ham fisted overwrought direction of John Marbury. In the Q and A after the movie Marbury answers were bloated with his own self importance and his arrogance was palpable.Brody on the other hand gave intelligent,well thought out and truly thoughtful articulate answers to his Q and questions and he demonstarted why he is truly is a world class actor and human.I sensed that he knew that Marbury was way over the top and needed to step infor the Q and A and cool the hostility that Marbury was projecting.I also sensed a strong dislike for the director from all of the cast members including Keira Knightley and maybe this is why the movie did not connect in a convincing and personal way.Too bad the direction of this movie compromised Brody's world class ability to emote to the full extension of his psychological abilities. Most of the cast move about like an animated paint by numbers picture saying paint me paint me!Marbury did not paint his characters enough. There is no reason to see this picture. Wait for the rental. It is obvious to me that the director had no feel for the human side of this movie and he must have a problem expressing his own emotions in real lifesince this movie had several moments that could have made it great. The Jacket fails because it cannot connect with that human side of the story.With the CG and the quick cuts this looks like the director simply did not know where to go. See Jacobs Ladder or Altered States for a well directed story and great characters coupled with a superb representation of what the human mind can do under fantastic duress.
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