A man who suffers from terrible dreams wakes up to find himself unsure of who he is, what his real purpose is and how to escape. This takes a page from a lot of other secret agent, amnesia, “I kill people but don’t know about it” films like the Bourne series but the difference is that this entire movie would fit into Bourne’s first act.
While I really liked some of the concepts, I spent a lot of time feeling like I’ve seen this movie before. It took so many nods and used so many genre tropes that it ironed out a lot of the qualities that make it unique.
It is a fun movie to watch and the film work is solid but Jacob Ares just feels like it could have been a lot better if more time was taken to put a unique spin on what is becoming a tired premise.
Jacob Ares is a man with a sinister past. A past that shines light on a very dark soul.
As a homage to the genre it works well, but as an independent film it feels like they could have done more with the script. (Storytelling 3)
I found myself straining to hear it. Some extra work could have been done to polish up the sound. (Polish 3)