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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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.
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.