Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
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. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Sublime thriller is a nightmarish roller-coaster of emotions and one of the best psychological thrillers of the 90's.
After his harrowing tour in Vietnam, a NYC man returns home where he begins to have horrific hallucinations. But what do they mean and is everything as it seems?
Long before it was filmed, Jacob's Ladder was floating around Hollywood in the form of a screenplay. In fact at one point it was called one of the ten best un-filmed screenplays in Hollywood. It's not hard to see why either, as this film is a unique mind-trip that takes a number of twists through out its plot line. Jacob's Ladder is an emotionally powerful film as well. Thanks to its likable main character (lovingly played by Tim Robbins) this film runs from emotions of utter terror; as our hero inexplicably sees demons, to moving sadness; as Jacob recalls his deceased young son. This film is an unnerving and compelling journey the whole way.
The direction of Adrien Lyne (director of the 1987 hit Fatal Attraction) is beautifully well done. The film is heavy on dark atmosphere and effectively scary imagery. The moody music score by Maurice Jarre also adds to the spookiness.
The cast is excellent, the best of which is Robbins as our sympathetic and heart-felt hero.
Jacob's Ladder is the kind of film that offers a mind-blowing journey that most films can only hope for. In the end, Jacob's Ladder is a masterpiece of psychological terror and a truly unforgettable film. A must-see and not just for horror fans.
**** out of ****
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