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The Jacket (2005)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 89

The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 24

The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.



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A troubled war veteran tries to unlock his memories of a terrible crime in this stylish thriller, the first American project for British filmmaker John Maybury. In 1991, Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) was an American soldier serving in the Persian Gulf when he was shot in the head; pronounced dead by a field surgeon, Starks somehow returned to life, though with no small number of psychological problems to show for his troubles. A year later, Starks is walking through the snowy Vermont wilderness


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Massy Tadjedin, Tom Bleecker

Jun 21, 2005


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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (89) | DVD (28)

The acting is uniformly excellent.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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Here, Maybury is just arty for art's sake, filming entire scenes in close-ups so big that viewers leave the theater knowing way more than they ever wanted to about the lead actors' bridgework.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Pic begins as a potentially intriguing study of the depersonalizing effects of warfare, only to end up a pastiche of time-travel and psycho-ward movie cliches.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Maybury is an artist in addition to a director and it's clear that he has an eye for colour, which he uses cleverly to reinforce emotion.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A morose and bleached-looking affair, with depressing music by Brian Eno to match.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

There's nothing wrong with a little vicarious experience when you go to the movies, but the director seems to think that his supernatural psycho thriller has to drive you crazy, just to get what it's like to be really insane.

May 29, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

A solid attempt to wrestle with some big questions. The cast is exemplary and the premise and script are well reasoned and artful. But it doesn't quite come together.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Tadjenin seems to draw inspiration from two books: "10 ways to copy 12 Monkeys" --a far inferior read to "10 ways to write 12 Monkeys"-- and "Common Sense: A Stranger"

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

As incoherent as it is enjoyable, The Jacket hits the marks that it set out to, yet leaves the audience a bit cold with its squeaky clean ending.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central

The only real scares here take place as images in Brody's head when he hallucinates under Dr. Becker's treatment. The rest of the film has a somewhat sappy quality to it and doesn't deliver any suspense or thrills of any kind.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

film whose quality defies its script

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Conta com conceitos interessantes, embora demore um pouco mais do que deveria para revelá-los para o espectador.

October 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Ambitious-verging-on-pretentious screenplay adroitly lensed by a director with impressive formal command.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

It doesn't wash - they just end up with hogwash...

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

What we get is mostly a convoluted tale that tries hard to seem far more important than it is. In fact, it's all rather banal and sentimental.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Part of the fun with twisty time-travel movies is in trying to figure out what's going on and The Jacket delivers nicely on that score, keeping you guessing till the end.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

By basic definition a time-travel yarn, but to say that is to make this rather turgid drama sound more interesting than it is.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Ultimately it doesn't amount to much, but like Starks' drug-induced trip, The Jacket is about the journey not the destination.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

Brody was over-qualified for this part.

May 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Broomfield Enterprise
Broomfield Enterprise

The story goes back and forth into the future and then the past and is very disturbing. This is an interesting premise but a little too crazy for me.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

A fresh, fun science-lesson for the noggin.... Brody is solid

March 24, 2005

This patchwork of horror, time travel, romance, medical and war drama with a thriller through-line suggests an unfortunate case of too many designers in the atelier.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Jacket

An Iraq war veteran sent home with serious head trauma is convicted of a murder he does not remember committing. While enduring an experimental "treatment" at the hands of a sadistic doctor, he suddenly finds himself somewhere and somewhen else. This off beat sci-fi fantasy has a lot of elements of familiar wish-fulfilment and time travel stories. His romance with emotional burn out Keira Knightley reminded me a little of Eternal Sunshine, the meddling with time aspect is very like The Butterfly Effect and the whole time travel/mental hospital scenario is very Twelve Monkeys. The thing that makes this film is the combination of great performances and the way that although it feels a little generic, it continually hops between those genres without feeling disjointed which keeps the story intriguing right til the end. Adrien Brody is excellent as the long suffering patient, as is an almost unrecognisable Daniel Craig as his Cuckoo's Nest style confidante. There are some nice visual flourishes and the direction is nice and tight, the film far from outstaying its welcome. I quite enjoyed the darker aspect of The Butterfly Effect and this film does something similar with a more mature approach.
December 6, 2012
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Pretty interesting time travel film that refuses to explain its own logic. After a head injury during operation desert storm a soldier is close to death. After his return to the US he gets mistaken for a killer and hospitalized in a mental asylum. Each time he gets a special medication and the straight jacket he jumps forward in time, soon learning about his ultimate fate. Brody makes for a convincing unlikely hero, but the most pleasant surprise of the cast is Knightley who does not remind you of her Pirate princess even once and delivers a great performance. The script may not always make all that much sense, but the story is enthralling and keeps you wondering how it's all gonna play out. In the genre of the mind-fuck movies this does belong to the upper half.
August 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

i thought that this was really good and different rom any other film you can see keira knightly was excellant and so was adrian brody
March 23, 2012
Film Crazy

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A really great concept that was intriguing from start to finish. Knightley's accent was believable and performances from all were impressive. However it did seem a bit underdeveloped as if it needed more time in pre-prod and the ending was ridiculous. No way would those doctors put him in the jacket when blood was pouring from his head just because he told them to. If they hadn't have put him in there then maybe he could have survived to see Jackie again properly.
October 20, 2011

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    1. Jack Starks: Sometimes life can only really begin with the knowledge of death.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Starks: Sometimes I think we live through things only to be able to say that it happened.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
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