The Jacket
Filmfest 2005

Jack, a soldier in the first Persian Gulf war, miraculously recovers from a bullet wound to the head, after which things get really strange... After being set up for a murder that he did not commit, Jack is sent to a gothic state mental hospital, where a sinister doctor orders him drugged, restrained (in the garment of the title) and locked in what looks like an oversize filing-cabinet drawer, from which Jack is able to propel himself into the future (approximately two years from now). There, he meets an unhappy waitress played by Keira Knightley. A.O. Scott, The New York Times, 4.3.2005 A disturbing, often relentless but ultimately uplifting story about a number of issues which pretty much sum up the state we’re all in, 21 years on from George Orwell’s dystopian 1984. It encompasses a variety of themes. These include the aftermath of the (first) Gulf War; the problems of dysfunctional families; experimental and intrusive ways of treating mental illness; the disregard of the justice system for anyone it can’t physically punish; and, above all, the redeeming power of love. Nick Roddick, PREVIEW, Spring, 2005

tags: Feature film

Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch


Director: John Maybury