Friday, March 11, 2016

815. Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder
Directed by Adrian Lyne

Oh look, a Vietnam War movie.  We really don't get enough of those.  I kid of course.  At least this one did something different with the topic.

Jacob Singer is injured in Vietnam and haunted by the memories of what he witnessed there.  He also lost his son before the war, so overall, he is quite a cheerful person.  He lives in New York City with his girlfriend Jezzie and works as a postal clerk.  As his hallucinations and flashbacks get worse, Jacob begins to suspect that his problem isn't simply PTSD.

So this is an interesting concept.   If the Vietnam War doesn't provide the ingredients for a horror movie, I don't know what does.  Still, there was something decidedly cheesy about this.  Maybe it was all the special effects.  Impressive for 1990, not so much now.

The ending is what really made this film for me; it certainly wasn't the usual message you get at the end of a war movie.  It's not flawless, but it is still worth checking out.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Lyne turned down the opportunity to The Bonfire of the Vanities to work on this film.

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