STARRING:  Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Kelly Lynch

2005, 102 minutes, Directed by: John Maybury

A cross between Jacob’s Ladder (but without all the overt horror elements) and The Butterfly Effect.

Adrien Brody (The Pianist, the 2005 King Kong) is a likeable Gulf War I veteran who is wrongfully consigned to a mental asylum for the killing of a police deputy.

There he is subjected to a nasty experimental procedure by one of the resident shrinks which involves him being injected with a drug and being locked up in a body drawer in the morgue below. While confined in the drawer he somehow manages to time travel a decade or so into the future where he finds out that in the past he only has a few days left to live. Will Brody's character somehow manage to change the outcome of these future (or is that past?) events?

An intriguing albeit flawed film (some of the rougher plot ideas haven’t been thought out properly and one plot point is almost icky in its almost Oedipal implications when you think about it) The Jacket boasts a literate screenplay, some effective scenery and an all-round good cast.

Ultimately The Jacket is a neat little time travel thriller that ought to appeal to fans of the sort of paradoxes usually thrown up by this particular sci-fi subgenre and is recommended.



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