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
A young couple moves in to a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors. When the timid and passive wife becomes mysteriously pregnant while the actor husband becomes successful, the safety of her fetus begins to control her life.
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.
All SFX were filmed live, with no post-production. For example, to achieve the famous 'shaking head' effect, director Adrian Lyne simply filmed the actor waving his head around (and keeping his shoulders and the rest of his body completely still) at 4fps, resulting in an incredibly fast and deeply disturbing motion when played back at the normal frame-rate of 24fps. See more »
When Jacob's kidnapped and the car makes a turn, the shot is flipped - the car's plate is mirrored. See more »
Written by James Brown (as J. Brown)
Published by Unichappell Music (BMI)
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products See more »
When movies have something to say
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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