Source: Catholic News Service
Dark and disjointed psychological thriller about an amnesiac Gulf War veteran (Adrien Brody) who is framed for the murder of a policeman and is sentenced to an asylum for the criminally insane where a psychiatrist (Kris Kristofferson) subjects him to mind-altering "treatment" -- involving being strapped into a straitjacket and locked in a morgue body drawer -- which enables him to see the future, including his own imminent death. Stylishly crafted by director John Maybury, the creepy atmospherics fail to conceal that, despite ending on a redemptive, life-affirming note, the formulaic film lacks any real emotion or logic. The film contains intense violence, including disturbing images of war, torture and a shooting; a sexual encounter with partial nudity; and recurring rough, crude and profane language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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