The first time I saw THE JACKET i was in a really dark place – I was travelling for work, all alone, away from my wife and family, stuck in some hotel in Atlanta (Georgia), sleep deprived and it really freaked me the fuck out. I’m SUPER claustrophobic so those scenes in the morgue drawer really did a number on me and weren’t conducive to high productivity at the company’s HQ the next day. Watching it again, the other day, it didn’t give me same type of willies it did eight years ago, but I thought it was a VERY WELL made movie with some excellent acting, good looking cinematography and an excellent concept that I think can drive Good and Proper Discussion, especially if you watch the alternate endings.
I didn’t know much about ole Adrien Brody – aside from the fact that he won an Academy Award for being a
penis pianist – but I liked him almost immediately when I saw him in THE VILLAGE. Then out came this and I can say that I like the guy but I really haven’t watched much of his work – if you felt like it, you could see my thoughts on PREDATORS HERE. Or the disappointing SPLICE HERE. Anyway, in here he plays an injured Gulf War (the first one) vet who got shot in the head, has amnesia, has an unfortunate run in with a drifter and is sent to THE INSANE ASYLUM. Inside, Kris Kristofferson (the head doctor) gives him an experimental treatment where they forcibly bundle him up in this miserable straight jacket thing, shove him into a morgue drawer and leave him in there for hours. Talk about bullshit!!
And that’s when things start to take a turn – SPOILERS. In “the box” he develops the ability to time travel fifteen (I think) years into the future, where he runs into the adult form of a little girl he helped on the side of the road before he found himself in his current sitch. She is played by Keira Knightley, sporting an American accent and baring her flesh occasionally. The first couple of times I saw this I believed in the whole time travel thing, but when I watched it again just the other day, I started thinking, is he really time travelling or is he just hanging on to the one thing he can remember and lucid dreaming while he’s trapped in the fucking drawer??
What do you think?? I do plenty of lucid dreaming all of the time where I am alive and awake and in situations that are incredibly real. Like, just the other day I got up to go get some water and the living room was all different and so were the windows and I thought, “Nope, this isn’t the right one.” so I woke myself up and went to get get some water and there were different dogs in the room and my old cat was there and the back door was open and I thought, “Nope, not this one either.” Then the alarm went off and the wife and I got out of bed and went to do our morning things and she said, “you’re not supposed to be here,” and I was confused and wearing my old robe and thought. “this isn’t the right one either.” (This actually happens to me quite a bit). So – what do you think?? Time travelling or displaced dreaming??
Also – do you remember when Danial Craig WASN’T James Bond and did fun roles like this one and in ROAD TO PERDITION and LAYER CAKE?? I don’t have anything against the Bond movies, I just haven’t seen one since Roger Moore was doing it – do I suck?? Probably. Either way, I really liked him in this. In fact, the whole cast did a pretty good job in this, don’t you think? Either way, I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this movie – any takers?