The Jacket (2005)

Do they really do this stuff if your insane??

Adrien Brody stars as Jack Starks, a Persian Gulf War veteran who has lost his memories to amnesia. When Jack is accused of a heinous killing, he realizes he must find a way to prove his innocence. Desperate to unearth clues about his past, he seeks a controversial treatment that allows him to go back in time — which turns out to be a heart-wrenching decision when he realizes he’s destined for tragedy.

There are plenty of things that this film could have done right. However, it chooses to do none of them, and just get more confusing as it goes along. I think this film had the idea that if you just add a bunch of crazy looking images, along with the more confusion, then you have a great psychological thriller that the crowd will be scratching their head so much. If that’s the case, then the film succeeded in that, but for all the wrong reasons.

I had no idea what was going on by the last act at all. Was he in the future? Was he just imagining this? What are the exact dates of the occurrences? Why am I still watching this movie? All questions had meaning but there were no answers. We get too many random montages of this guys “past life”, but none of them have any meaning nor explanation as to what this has to do with anything.

I at least enjoyed watching Adrien Brody on screen. Even though the screenplay is written very bad, he at least fines ways to bring out some charm within his character, and give us a protagonist we enjoy watching. Keira Knightly was so unintentionally hilarious on-screen. She was trying so hard to make sure her accent didn’t come out, so the whole time she’s like gargling, being really deep with her voice, and just sounding retarded when she’s trying to show emotion. The way these two fall in love is so quick and unbelievable that you just don’t care by the end of the film.

Consensus: The Jacket is highlighted by a good performance from Brody, but is confusing, illiterate, and at times just stupid, doing nothing but trying to confuse the audience for no reason.




  1. I quite enjoyed this one. I guess the strangeness of the film in general was what got me. For me the story was interesting enough to grab me in and made me want to keep watching to find out what was going on and how it was all going to end. This along with Stay are two films I was quite surprised that I really enjoyed because usually I have the same reaction you did.

    • Stay was a film that was elevated by its performances, but still could have done better with, editing and a not so shabby ending. This film I disliked more.

      • No kidding. I always am surprised when I see a movie in Blockbuster with 100 copies on the rack for some movie with a few big named stars that I heard absolutely nothing about. Direct to DVD stuff, always surprises me, especially when they get huge displays and are nearly sold out. I bet non-average movie goers no the difference between a movie like that and something that was big in theaters…

  2. I agree with TheAnswerMVP2001. I was totally engrossed by this movie when I saw it in the theatre. It was deliberately confusing at first, but I quickly caught up with it. By the end, every question is answered if you pay attention, and going back, every scene makes sense.

  3. Strangely, and I mean strangely because I’d never even heard of this film before, I have had at least three people recommend this to me in the last week.

    However, the fact that you disliked it so much has me even more interested in seeing it since the reviews are so opposite. 🙂

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