Jacob's Ladder

The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming
The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming

JACOB'S LADDER (18)

D: Adrian Lyne
Tri-Star/Carolco (Alan Marshall)
US 1990
113 mins
 
Thriller/Horror
 
W: Bruce Joel Rubin
DP: Jeffrey L. Kimball
Ed: Tom Rolf
Mus: Maurice Jarre
PD: Brian Morris
 
Tim Robbins (Jacob Singer), Elizabeth Peña (Jezzie), Danny Aiello (Louis), Matt Craven (Michael), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Paul), Jason Alexander (Geary)
 
*SPOILERS*
Tim Robbins plays postal worker Jacob Singer, a Vietnam veteran mourning his dead son and experiencing nightmarish hallucinations and surreal flashbacks of his time in the war, his previous marriage and other haunting memories. He consequently discovers he was the subject of secret experiments with chemical weapons during his time of duty.
Jacob's Ladder is a complex psychological mystery with an incredibly clever, unpredictable twist. Tim Robbins delivers an excellent performance and the story is very well written. Not a film for all audiences, but fans of 'Altered States' and 'Donnie Darko' (both of which have variants on a similar plot device) would rate it highly.
8/10

Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder
Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder