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Jacob's Ladder


Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peńa, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven View All


Bruce Joel Rubin (Writer), Adrian Lyne (Director) View All

Release: Nov. 2nd, 1990
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran 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. His girlfriend, Jezzie, and ex-wife, Sarah, try to help, but to little avail. Even Singer's chiropractor friend, Louis, fails to reach him as he descends into madness.
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After just one watch I couldnt go as far as calling this a total favorite of mine, but now after a rewatch, it does begin to climb slowly up the ladder of all time personal picks.
Jacob's Ladder somehow manages to be the kind of film where the ending is supposed to change everything, but re-watching the film does not provide a sense of added depth or reductive inconsistency so much as...weightlessness.
Frustratingly, the trailer for this movie explicitly spoils the surprise and the movie itself doesn't take too long before also asserting that Jacob is indeed dead.