The Jacket Review
Synopsis:A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.
The Jacket (2005) is a psychological thriller science fiction movie that was filmed in various parts of Canada and Scotland, UK. Director John Maybury (The Edge of Love (2008), Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), Remembrance of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies (1994)) is a great director that shines and shows his brilliant directing skills in this movie. The movie contains nudity, sexual content, violence, bad language, suspense, thrills, kills, drug use and an awesome storyline.
The Jacket is about Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) having amnesia after he was shot in the head during the war. He decides to go back to Vermont. He saw Jean Price (Kelly Lynch - Charlie’s Angels (2000), Road House (1989), Drugstore Cowboy (1989)) who is an alcoholic mother and her young daughter Jackie (Laura Marano - Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Austin & Ally (2011), Superbad (2007)) while walking in 1992. Jean and Jackie was in need of help because their car broke down. Jackie became fond of Jack as he was fixing their vehicle, and she asked him if she can have his dog tag to keep and he gave it to her. Jean and her daughter drove away as someone picked up Jack to give him a lift since he was walking. Jack is now on trial because on that same day he accepts the ride from the stranger - he woke up on a deserted roadside with a gunshot wound on his body; the weapon/gun next to him; a dead police officer and no stranger anywhere to be found. The court found him not guilty because of his amnesia and sent him to a mental institution for insane people.
Dr. Thomas Becker (Kris Kristofferson - Blade II (2002), Blade (1998), Blade: Trinity (2004)) is a psychiatrist that is in charge of Jack. Dr. Thomas forced Jack to take an experimental drug while bounded in a straight jacket in December of 1992. Dr. Thomas then puts Jack in a morgue drawer where Jack can travel 15 years into the future for short periods of time. In the future he meets grownup Jackie (Keira Knightley - Pride & Prejudice (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)) at a roadside diner where she works. Jackie feels sorry for Jack and does not know that it is the same Jack whose dog tag she still has. She offers him to stay at her apartment for the night. Jackie tells Jack that he cannot be the same person she knew because the Jack she knew died on January 1, 1993. After a few events, Jackie tries to help him figure out what is going on, and coincidentally learns some very dark secrets about the institution and Jack’s life.
The movie was well-thought out movie and went in depth on so many levels that it was unbelievable. It really makes you think about different things in life. There is drama in this movie that will capture your attention throughout the entire film. The Jacket may not be original, but it was put together extremely well. The acting was excellent, and the actors did a phenomenal job going back and forth between multiple realities. The special effects and sets were done nicely. Watch this movie - you will not be disappointed.
About The Jacket (2005)
Runtime: 103 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Writers: Tom Bleecker, Marc Rocco, Massy Tadjedin
Director: John Maybury