Oh, I'm sorry -- did I scare you? Did you think, what with all the remake news coming down the pike, that this would be a redo of the distressing 1996 Francis Ford Coppola movie with Robin Williams as an overgrown fifth-grader? No; you're silly. This is something else. This Jack is a "medical thriller" about a doctor who falls in love with an amnesiac patient who, unbeknownst to both of them, is actually a killer. Joseph Rubenwill direct from a script by David Venable, whose only feature film credit is on Stuart Gordon's Fortress 15 years ago.

I forfeit all claims of objectivity regarding Ruben's The Good Son -- the Bad Seed rip-off with Macauley Culkin -- which scared the hell out of me when I was 11 and fresh off Home Alone. But I was among the few who liked The Forgotten which, to my mind, played like a good X-Files episode. It was well-shot and surprisingly daring, taking some outlandish left turns along the way; few filmmakers would have had the guts to forge ahead with such an outlandishly direct conception of what an alien abduction would look like. And Return to Paradise is an extraordinary, though little-seen, morality play. Ruben has never had a box-office hit, but I'm glad he's still getting work. Even if Jack does sound awfully trite.
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