Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Jacket (2005)

In 1991, Jack Starks was an American soldier serving in the Persian Gulf when he was shot in the head; pronounced dead by a field surgeon, Starks somehow returned to life, though with no small number of psychological problems to show for his troubles. A year later, Starks is walking through the snowy Vermont wilderness when he discovers a woman whose truck has broken down. Starks tries to help her and her young daughter, and later flags down a car for a ride into town; however, the car is being driven by a criminal on the run, and not long after the car is cornered by police, Starks' memory goes blank. When he comes to, Jack is accused of killing a patrolman in the violent standoff that followed. Declared insane in his murder trial, Starks is sentenced to a mental institution run by Dr. Becker. As Starks suffers frequent beatings and long spells in a frozen locker, his mind drifts from his harrowing past into the future, where he visits the young girl he tried to help.

Director: John Maybury
Writers: Tom Bleecker and Marc Rocco
Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Kris Kristofferson
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