The film centers on a wounded Gulf war veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. He is hitching and gets picked up by a stranger, things go pear shaped when a cop pulls them over and is murdered by the stranger. The vet. is wrongly accused of killing the cop and lands up in an asylum. A quack doctor prescribes a course of experimental therapy, restraining him in a heavy duty straight jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. During course of his treatment he gets flashbacks and visions of his future , where he can foresee he is to die in four days time. The catch is he doesn't know how. Thus commences the classic race against time. Written by
A coincidental "time travel paradox" - The soldiers in the flashback sequence were actually Royal Marines Commandos, reservists from Scotland. Many of them had not long returned from Iraq - Op Telic, aka the Gulf War II - January to June 2003. The action sequence these Marines contributed to, in The Jacket, would have been set in Iraq sometime between 1990 & 1991. See more »
When Jack is pulled over with the Stranger, the windshield is covered in salt, but in his flashbacks, it is clear. See more »
[Walking over to Iraqi child who's breathing hard]
How's it going little man? You all right?
[Babak pulls out gun. Jack puts his hand up in a stop gesture but Babak shoots Jack in the head. Jack falls to the ground]
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We Have All the Time in the World
Written by John Barry and Hal David
Performed by David Arnold, featuring Iggy Pop
Courtesy of Warner Strategic Marketing UK
Under license from EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Iggy Pop appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc. See more »
An excellent movie if you can take wanting more when it's over.
I just finished the movie and it really is a great piece of work. No futuristic crap mixed up though you might expect it. Miss Knightley really does a great job playing the part, though her role seems to have been kept a bit too far in the background.
The whole idea of changing the future has been brought up before, but this time instead of changing the future by altering the past it brings new perspective by altering the present by adding new info from the future. At first it reminded me very much of Butterfly Effect. If you like that one, you'll love this one.
It also shines new light on the subject whether or not you can change your own destiny which hasn't been brought up in a while.
It surely is a "must-see".
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