Jacob’s Ladder (1990)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Mr. Singer. What an appropriate name for a man who can’t keep his mouth shut.” – Army Officer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A Vietnam veteran having hallucinations must try and figure out what is real and what is in his mind as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his young son.

Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope because it al comes across as being a bit too existential in its message. The story unfolds in an enjoyable way and then takes a sharp turn about half way through which makes things even stranger to watch unfold. The cast is fine and Tim Robbins is very convincing in the lead role. The second half of the story goes in some very weird directions which take so much away from this film because they cross a line where things make less sense once they merge reality and fantasy.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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