Jacket, The (2005, USA/SCO) C-103m. SCOPE ** D: John Maybury. Starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, Daniel Craig, Steven Mackintosh, Angus MacInnes. Fantasy drama with science-fiction touches (or the other way round) about soldier Brody, who gets wounded in the first Gulf War in 1991 and almost dies. After becoming the prime suspect in a roadside killing he ends up in an asylum for the criminally insane, where doctor Kristofferson puts his patients into a strait-jacket and locks them into a morgue drawer. There, Brody finds he can escape into a dream(?)world, where it's 2007. Very well-acted, interesting, with cult appeal, but initial excitement wears thin. Too little time is invested in Brody's character. It's also fatally reminiscent of vintage cult movies TWELVE MONKEYS (1995) and JACOB'S LADDER (1990). Two obvious references to the latter were edited out, including one alternate ending (of three!).


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