Time Tripper Forgets About God
Starring: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley,
Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kris
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: R for violence, language and
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: John Maybury
Executive Producer: Ben Cosgrove, Mark Cuban,
Andreas Grosch, Chris Roberts,
and Todd Wagner
Producer: George Clooney, Peter Guber,
and Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Massy Tadjedin
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Jack, unable to recount any details to exonerate himself due to the amnesia, is sentenced to a hospital for the criminally insane. There, a grizzled doctor played by Kris Kristofferson subjects Jack to cruel treatments that achieve unexpected results: Jack begins to move backwards and forwards in time. He is able to see what happened at the murder scene and even when he will die.
The story is entertaining enough but does not withstand scrutiny. Jack develops a romance and fornicates with a woman, which is totally gratuitous and has nothing to do with the plot. Combined with the gratuitous foul language, THE JACKET is automatically inappropriate for younger teenagers who might be interested in the premise.
A larger problem is the moive’s philosophy, which excludes God or spirituality. The doctor is judged for his sins not by God but by the time traveling incarnation of Jack. Similarly, Jack has the power to change his girlfriend’s life, not herself and not from any spiritual source.
Devoid of anything intellectually or philosophically substantial, THE JACKET is an exercise in suspense that is mysterious and eerie enough to make up for some plot holes. Smart enough to not take itself too seriously, it is entertaining but not wholesome.
The story is entertaining but does not withstand scrutiny. There is a totally gratuitous sex scene, and some gratuitous foul language, making THE JACKET automatically inappropriate for younger teenagers who might be interested in the premise. Further, the film’s philosophy excludes God or spirituality. Instead of God judging the doctor for his sins, the time traveling incarnation of Jack does it. Smart enough to not take itself too seriously, THE JACKET is eerie and entertaining but not wholesome.