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Jacob's Ladder

A movie directed by Adrian Lyne

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  • Mar 21, 2002
I have to admit it, I am a sucker for a psychological film. I came into the movie not expecting much, and left the movie with my mind buzzing with possibilities.

Jacob's ladder is a movie that deals with realities, demons, ghost's, hallucinations, and monsters. There are uses of these demon's that took me by surprise, because as apposed to normal shock-like scares this is more dream-like. When a movie begins dealing with the imagination, it can do whatever it wants, but good for us the director stayed grounded and kept everything possible.

It could all be interpreted in one way or another. It is presented in a jumble of idea's of what could be this character's reality, then doubles back and it's not real at all. The ending took me by surprise, as I knew it was going to be a shocker because the movie was leading to one. I couldn't guess the ending, though it was staring me in the face the entire time.

When your through, you may have a new appreciation of veterans. You may feel a loss for explanation. If your not the figure-it-out or think-about-it-later type, you may hate it. Not this reviewer, because a day later I am still digging around through the story and piecing it back together. Even a bare bones horror fan should like Jacobs Ladder.

It deals with the mind, and it deals with a heaven and hell that could be experienceed. It's about finding peace and resolution with our own personal guilts. And finally, its a movie in search of an audience. Join.

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review by . March 11, 2011
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**1/2 out of ****     "Jacob's Ladder" is the kind of psychological mind-trip that will either confuse you or indulge you. There are those who will love it, and then there will be those who could really care less about the thing. Me, I think it's pretty solid. Not a good movie per se, but "Jacob's Ladder" is a visual feast, and has a couple very good and creepy moments. The problem at the core of the film seems to be the story, which is developed in all the right ways, but alas, …
review by . July 06, 2009
Personally, I love a movie or book that keeps me wondering "what the hell is going on?"  The first time you see this movie, it does that.  There are monsters, creatures, strange happenings and oddities all over the place.   Is all of this a flashback from Jacob Singer's time in Nam?  I spent just over a year in Nam and to be honest, I still have nightmares once in a while, so that is a possibility.  Are the critters real or only in Jacob's mind?  Well.......I will …
review by . November 01, 2008
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Pros: acting     Cons: predictable ending     The Bottom Line:   "And here you are, that's all that matters  'Cause heaven was waitin' at the top of Jacob's ladder"  ~Mark Wills         One of the many obscure things that were hinted about during the Vietnam era was the use of chemical and biological warfare, by both sides.  The fact that our own government would subject people to a …
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Jacob's Ladder Directed by Adrian Lyne Produced by Alan Marshall
Bruce Joel Rubin Written by Bruce Joel Rubin Starring Tim Robbins
Elizabeth Peña
Danny Aiello
Jason Alexander
Ving Rhames Music by Maurice Jarre Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball Editing by Tom Rolf Distributed by TriStar Pictures Release date(s) November 2, 1990 Running time 115 mins Language English Budget $25 million[1]

Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 psychological thriller / horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. It stars Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, and Jason Alexander. Actor Macaulay Culkin appears briefly in an uncredited performance.

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Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a U.S. soldier in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. When the story begins, helicopters are passing overhead, carrying supplies for what seems to be preparations for a big Viet Cong offensive. Without any warning, Jacob's unit comes under fire. The soldiers try to take cover but begin to exhibit strange behavior for no apparent reason. Jacob attempts to escape the unexplained insanity, only to be bayonetted by an unseen enemy.

The film then shifts back and forth from Vietnam to Jacob's memories (and hallucinations) of his son Gabe (Macaulay Culkin, uncredited) and former wife Sarah (Patricia...

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