The Jacket (2005)



Critic Consensus: The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Bleecker, Massy Tadjedin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
Box Office: $6.3M
Warner Independent - Official Site


as Jack Starks

as Jackie Price

as Dr. Thomas Becker

as Rudy Mackenzie

as Jean Price

as The Stranger

as Dr. Morgan

as Nurse Harding

as Dr. Hopkins

as Little Jackie
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Critic Reviews for The Jacket

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (39)

The acting is uniformly excellent.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Smart thriller is for mature older teens only.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

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
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

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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.

Jens S.

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

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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