Peter Guber, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Cosgrove (executive), Ori Marmur (executive), Jennifer Fox (executive), Peter E.Strauss (executive), Todd Wagner (executive), Mark Cuban (executive), Andreas Grosch (executive), Chris Roberts (executive), Timothy J.Nicholas (executive) for Section Eight/Mandalay Pictures, Warner Brothers (Warner Independent), 2929 Entertainment, VIP Medienfonds, MP Pictures, Rising Star
directed by John Maybury
starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, Daniel Craig, Steven Mackintosh, Brendan Coyle, Mackenzie Phillips, Laura Marano, Jason Lewis, Richard Dillane, Jonah Lotan, Angel Coulby, Paul Richard, Nigel Whitmey, Ian Porter, Anthony Edridge, Kerry Shale, Angus MacInnes, Richard Durden, Tristan Gemmill, Colin Stinton, Tara Summers, Angelo Andreou, Teresa Gallagher, Anne Kidd, Charneh Demir, Grances Brady-Stewart, Lolly Susi, Garrick Hagon, Fish
story by Tom Bleecker, Marc Rocco, screenplay by Massy Tadjedin, music by Brian Eno, special effects by Intrigue, visual effects by Double Negative, Cine Image Film Optics
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Jack (Adrien Brody) almost dies in the first Iraq war. Ever since he is
considered mentally unstable, so when he is blamed for killing a cop
(which he actually had nothing to do with) he is not sent to prison but to
Doctor Becker's (Kris Kristofferson) mental facility.
Becker though applies his own techniques curing his patients: He drugs
them heavily, puts them into strait jackets and locks them inside morgue
drawers for quite an amount of time. And inside the drawer, Jack travels
15 years into the future and meets Jackie (Keira Knightley), a diner
waitress with a big enough heart to take him in for Christmas Eve ... even
though he freaks her out when he tells her he has met her as a child (just
before the cop-killings actually) while she knows the man she has met has
died pretty much 15 years ago. And thus, back in his time, it dawns
upon Jack that he has only days to live, and has to find out about his
death with the help of future Jackie, who becomes his ally when he visits
her more often, and even his lover.
With his future knowledge, Jack manages to cure kind Doctor Sorensen's
(Jennifer Jason Leigh) number one patient, a young boy (Angelo Andreou) in
the past, and he slowly learns about Doc Becker's not quite legal methods
and uses his knowledge to haunt him.
But then he decides he has to do one more thing for Jackie by keeping
her mother (Kelly Lynch) from dieing (a death that's only a few days
away), so he persuades Doc Sorensen to take him to Jackie's mother whom he
gives an eye-opening letter.
Returning from his visit to Jackie's mother, he bumps his head and
knows he will die from it, but asks Doc Sorensen to lock him inside the
morgue drawer one last time to see his effects on the future ... and he
finds a much happier Jackie, whose mom is still alive, and who still has
the same big heart she had in her alternative life.
In writing, the plot of The Jacket sounds like absolute
nonsense, and truth to the fact, upon closer inspection one can't help
but realize this is not an intelligent film, but while watching the
movie everything seems to make perfect sense, mainly thanks to the fact
that director John Maybury put his emphasis on creating the proper
haunting atmosphere rather than telling the story in too much detail -
which immensely helps the effectiveness of the movie. In this respect,
only the sugary sweet happy ending seems to be out of place, but in all, The
Jacket is rather nice entertainment, provided you don't waste too much
thought on trying to figure out its plot.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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