Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
After his brother returns home from war, Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images.
David M. Rosenthal
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Jacob Singer is trying to make sense of his fractured life and memories. Plagued by hallucinations, flashbacks, and conspiracies, he struggles down a path to enlightenment from these manic strains. With nothing but support from friends and loved ones will he be able to push through the haze of his PTSD.
Adrian Lyne turned down directorial duties on The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) so he could direct Jacob's Ladder. His first choice for the role of Jacob Singer was Tom Hanks, but, by coincidence, Hanks turned down the film so he could make The Bonfire of the Vanities. See more »
To match the direction of movement, a shot of the Ford LTD racing around a corner has been flopped, but the license plate, which is now in reverse, is visible. See more »
You know you look like an angel, Louie? Like an overgrown cherub. Anyone ever tell you that?
Yeah, you. Every time you see me.
You're a lifesaver, Louie.
Yeah, I know.
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The credits roll over a grainy black and white photo of Gabe and Jacob crossing the street together. See more »
When movies have something to say they (can) become great movies. Jacob's Ladder is one such movie.
A Thriller/Film-Noir that sets a standard for the genre, it deals with metaphysical enquiries of the most profound there can be: Life, Death, War, Peace, the World outside and inside one's self, Heaven and Hell, Torment and Redemption.
Above all things, it's a voyage through a man's perspectives upon the Past and his Present, through his life and his personal fears and sorrow.
The acting is superb; the general mood is dark and sad with a lot of eeriness and yet strangely peaceful at times.
The viewer will feel the main character's (Jacob Singer) confusion and sympathise with his personal cause.
The Sound Track is beautiful and fits quite well with the general imagery and feeling throughout.
The dialogues are meaningful (specially between Jacob and Louis, his chiropractor), which (sad to say) has become a rarity in movies nowadays.
Get the movie, get the Extras and enjoy this Gem.
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