Jacket, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2

In this sci-fi thriller, wounded Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) returns to Vermont suffering from amnesia and has no apparent family ties. His brief, chance encounter with a single mother leads to a strange bonding between Starks and her little girl, Jackie. But Starks is falsely accused of shooting a police officer and declared criminally insane because of his amnesia. In the mental institution, Dr. Becker (Kris Kristofferson) injects the gentle, young man with experimental drugs, constrains him in a straightjacket and places him in a morgue drawer for several hours at a time. Starks finds himself under this horrific treatment 15 years into the future in 2007. Jackie (Keira Knightley), now grown, crosses his path again. His mission becomes to find Jackie in the present time to save her from the dark future he has seen in his trancelike state.

The Jacket is not easy to forget. The tragic character of Jack Starks has no home, friends or family, so he finds his purpose through the cruel mind-altering drugs injected into him. He antagonizes the doctors and inmates to earn himself a spot back in the drawer, drugged, where he looks into the future and discovers that his death is imminent. The idea that drug-induced hallucinations can reveal a persons future is creepy, disturbing and unbiblical. Starks appears ghostly to others in the future, but he is angelic in his noble, selfless intentions to save others from tragedy. His interaction with the grown-up Jackie becomes a sexual relationship, and one sex scene with obscured nudity includes graphic motions. That, plus many obscenities, horrific images of Starks in the morgue, and experimental drug use that manipulates the future strip The Jacket of Previews recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Independent Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Many (14) times strong (f-word 7, s-word 7)

Profanity: Few (4) times moderate (G-sake 1); strong (GD 3)

Violence: Several times strong (child shoots soldier in head, policeman shot point blank, mental patient injected with powerful drugs and thrown into morgue drawer for hours)

Sex: Once moderate (sex motions with obscured nudity)

Nudity: Once mild (obscured in sex scene)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several times strong (doctor almost kills patient with experimental drugs; some drunkenness)

Other: Amnesia victim falsely accused and sentenced to mental institution, man finds meaning to his life in spite of tragic circumstances

Running Time: 102 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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