Review written on: August 21st, 2005


Here’s another movie that I had wanted to check out in the theater, but couldn’t due to not only its short theater life, but also how busy I was at the time. So as soon as it came out, I put it on the Netflix queue list, and waited for its arrival. Again, being busy, I didn’t have a chance to watch it until recently.

The cast was great in this practically impossible plot-line which brought forth the question of “how dumb do the writers think we are?” There are so many things in this movie that made me go “What the hell?”, that I couldn’t even keep count of them. Brody and Knightley were both great in their roles, but the storyline was just absurd. In case you haven’t heard of or seen this movie, here’s a brief rundown:

The film centers on a military veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. When he is accused of murder and lands in an asylum, a well-meaning doctor puts him on a heavy course of experimental drugs, restrains him in a jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. The process sends him on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death (but not who did it or how) in four day’s time. Now the only question that matters is: can the woman he meets in the future save him?

Brief Rundown from IMDb.

So, Jack (Brody) is stuck in this jacket, in a morgue drawer, which enables him to see into the future, by 14 or so years. In the future, he finds out about his demise, that he’ll eventually die in the mental institution that he’s wrongly condemned to. So he goes on a tear of trying to help those people that he loves (Jackie [Knightley]) from having their lives turn out the way they had, after he died.

Using the jacket to his advantage, he tries to find out how it is that he’ll die, in order to stop the inevitable from happening. But how good of a movie would that be, if it happened? Jack manages to help out those around him more so than himself, which brings on the daunting “people are good” story message. And brings me to “why did they make this movie?”, my counter-question to their “people are good” message. I thought the idea of their whole jacket-future-telling-morgue-drawer was interesting, but completely not plausible, and very poorly done through this movie. I’m sure if I sat and read the book (if there were one), that I’d enjoy it. But the movie, was less than pleasurable.

Overall, I’m glad I saw it, because now I know what I thought of it. Would I recommend it to you? No, probably not. Eventually it’ll show up on HBO or OnDemand or the such, and then I’d say watch it, since it’ll be free. But don’t waste money to rent it, or waste the spot in your Netflix queue, either. This one was a let down.


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