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The Jacket
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07.08.2005 By: Quigles
The Jacket order
Director:
John Maybury

Actors:
Adrien Brody
Keira Knightley
Kris Kristofferson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jack Starks (a name which is repeated to no end) gets locked up in an insane asylum for a crime he apparently didn’t commit. As a “treatment”, he gets suited up in a bizarre straitjacket and stored in a morgue closet, and that’s when shit hits the fan. He immediately starts to have surreal visions of both the past and future, one of which involves his death... a death that happens to be only four days away.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Not to sound overly conceited, but I would consider myself a fairly intelligent guy, and thus far have never viewed a movie that has kept me guessing about the ending, even after the credits roll. This movie changed that. I can’t tell if I just missed something important, the movie is too smart for me, or the writers created more than they could handle. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying this flick confused the hell out of me. To some extent I enjoyed how things were left open for interpretation at the end, although I also had a pissed off feeling of “give me my f**king resolution, you lazy dirt bags!” Regardless, the movie was still thoroughly entertaining (although at times a little slow), and an overall immersing experience.

While Brody and Knightley were both great by themselves, their chemistry together felt way off. Brody came off more like a creepy stalker than anything, and I kept waiting for Knightley to whip out the pepper spray. Fortunately though, she instead whips out her luscious booby, and made me a happy man for about five seconds. Another major plus to the film is it’s style and atmosphere, which has a wonderfully claustrophobic feel, as well as great hues of blue, green, and red. This is certainly a visually striking film. Also striking is one of the film’s major flaws, which is that in order to truly enjoy it, you really need to leave your brain at the door, yet at the same time you aren’t allowed to take your mind off what’s going on. This makes the flick pretty hard to analyze later as anything “meaningful”, because with all the illogical concepts thrown into the mix (such as the workings of the “time travel” element, which is nonsensical in many ways), you start wondering why you should care at all. All in all, this is an engaging drama/thriller that confuses more than resolves, but doesn’t make you care too much after the credits hit.
THE EXTRAS
We get a meager pair of featurettes, but they are both quite good.

Project History and Deleted Scenes (27:58): A unique and very insightful featurette that is honest and entertaining. A lot of information is discussed regarding how the director became involved in the project, how the script was developed, how the actors got the gig, and so on and so forth. I especially appreciated the way the deleted scenes were approached within the featurette. A must watch for all fans.

The Look of “The Jacket” (9:02): This is a much shorter, but still informative, featurette discussing the visual elements of the movie. Interesting and enjoyable – check it out.

There is also a Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
With all of the remakes, sequels, and just plain shit coming out constantly, it’s nice to have something refreshingly original, even if it isn’t as smart as it would like to think it is. THE JACKET shines through its problems with a well-developed stylistic approach, as well as the natural charm (in a psychotic kind of way) of its leading man. The DVD is a pretty bare-bones affair, but it’s better to have one or two good extras than a whole lot of crappy ones. I would definitely recommend this flick as a rental, and possibly even a buy if you feel you could get more out of it with repeated viewings (I sure as hell wouldn’t mind seeing Knightley’s breast again and again).
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