I am going through my Adrian Brody phase right now and its influencing my choices in movies. I remember hearing about The Jacket when it first came out a while back but it never really caught my attention. So last night after seeing Adrian Brody on the cover I decided to rent it and I am glad that I did, it lived up to my expectations.
The movie starts off in the early 90’s during the first Gulf War. Jack Starks (Adrian Brody) suffers a severe head wound and is at the brink of death. He is resuscitated and eventually recovers but his mind would never be the same.
Fast-forward a few months later and he is facing trial for a murder he can’t remember committing. He is found guilty by reason of insanity and ordered to be locked up in a mental institution. There a vindictive and evil Dr. Becks takes a special interest in Jack using him as his own personal guinea pig. His forms of therapy are torturous and inhumane. Jack is loading up with psychotropic drugs, stuck in a straight jacket and stuffed in a morgue locker for hours on end.
However this form of therapy has one unique side effect, Jack finds himself transported into the future. There he meets a long lost love who informs Jack that he died in the mental institution ten years earlier. Now Jack finds himself trying to change the past so that he can have a shoot at a descent future.
Sure this movie is incredulous, spooky and a little cliché. However it is very entertaining and Adrian Brody as always gives a stunning performance.