The Jacket
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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 when he discovers a woman whose truck has broken down, Jean (Kelly Lynch). Starks tries to help Jean… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting is uniformly excellent."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Smart thriller is for mature older teens only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"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."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"It just bounces Brody back and forth in time and yanks us around, and around, and around."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ Heidi Martinuzzi, Film Threat
"The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs and Memento."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It suffers from a common thriller syndrome these days: the desire to explain away madness with logic."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A morose and bleached-looking affair, with depressing music by Brian Eno to match."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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""
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"film whose quality defies its script"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
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