Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery
  • Director: Adrian Lyne
  • Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello


New York postal worker Jacob Singer is trying to keep his frayed life from unraveling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Athough his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain.

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  • “Jacob’s Ladder” is one of the most atmospheric movies ever filmed. I’m afraid to say too much here because it may give away the plot, but imagine how alone you might feel going through the experience of dying, what the whole experience might be like. Now project that nightmarish atmosphere into a film, and you have “Jacob’s Ladder.”

    This film has been overlooked by much of the moviegoing public. Many will find it too baffling and depressing to sit through, but if you (are able to) give it a chance, the ending will just blow you out of your chair. There’s such a massive plot twist at the end, and it explains the whole film. Yes, this is one of those films where you don’t really know what’s going on until the end, but the fun is in the journey, not the destination.

    You may not be entertained by this film. The overall atmosphere is so dark, so haunting and feverish and nightmarish that it’s very hard to take. But I have to say this is in my top-ten list of favorite films based on originality and atmosphere alone. The acting is so-so except for Tim Robbins, who brings a lot of “life” to the part.

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