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January 21, 2006

The Jacket - 5

I didn't expect much from this thriller, but it surprised me. It was better than a lot of films that have a similar story line. The best example is The Butterfly Effect or Gothika, both of which were way worse than this. The story involves a man who seems to have gone crazy because his memory has been damaged by a gun shot wound to the head in the first gulf war. Through his treatment he is able to go to the future and discover more about his life and death and uses it to help others. The ending is ambiguous enough for many conclusions (I'm going with the happy ending, but you can see the terrible ones as well, either made up by you, or on the deleted scenes). The movie requires a good bit of suspended belief, but you care for the character enough to be able to do it. The cast is really good considering how badly it did in theaters. Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, and Kris Kristofferson.

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