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.
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child 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.
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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