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The Jacket September 9, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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This is a psychological time-travel thriller featuring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley in the lead. Brody plays a soldier who’s been shot in the head during a war; which puts him into an amnesiac condition. After being falsely arrested for a murder, he is declared insane and sent to a mental institution….where the lead doctor wraps him up in a straitjacket and puts him into a morgue enclosure…as part of his unconventional treatment. In this state Brody is able to travel into the future and comes across people who he knows in the present…among a few things he also comes to know that he would be dead in a few days. The rest of the movie is about how he helps certain people with this ability and also tries to find out how he actually died.

What I found appealing about this movie is that it does not try to be too complicated while at the same time keeping up the interest level for the viewer. Though this deals with time-travel it is not a film where you have be racking your brains hard to figure out the plot. The movie bears an eerie look throughout and the scenes where Brody experiences hallucinations are quite nicely done. If there is one reason to watch this one it has to be Adrien Brody…he is just too good. The kind of authenticity he brings even to a commercial thriller like this is admirable. I found out in the end credits that this movie was produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh. It was a commercial and critical failure, but I would still recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a psychological thriller which doesn’t tax your brain much.

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