A military veteran returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. When he is accused of murder and lands in an asylum, a well-meaning doctor puts him on a heavy course of experimental... View more >
violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh... View more >
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"The Jacket" is a ugly horror film about a Persian gulf veteran (played by Adrian Brody) who is thrown into an asylem after he was accused of a crime that he didn't commit. While there he was under a series of bizzare experiments. One inwhich he was strapped into a jacket and thrown into a crypt. I don't know how many times he was thrown into the crypt and I don't care. This film is ugly and pointless. I was both confused and bore. Another horror film bites the dust.
The Jacket is more mentally stimulating than I had expected (thankfully). Looking at the ghostly poster that advertises Jacket could lead you to believe that it might be a HORROR film, which it is not. It is somewhat spooky however in a cerebral way.
"The Jacket" was not even close to being a horror film. It was more like a psychological thriller and time switching sci-fi film.
The cast was top shelf and the story was emotionally enguaging. Had the story not been so predicable the film would have been rated a "See Now".
Time travel in movies is a sticky subject, but if done right, it makes for a very intriguing movie. The infinite possibilities that result from tinkering with the past create lots of material for a good screenplay and a good director, but if not in the right hands, can turn into a convoluted mess.
Fortunately, The Jacket manages to keep from the crossing the line into confusion and keeps the viewer on track during the time jumps. Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley do a very good job as well, and that certainly helps the viewer identify with their characters.
Definitely worth watching.
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