Jacob’s Ladder (1990) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1990
  • Genre:  Devil & Demon & Hell
  • Cast and crew: Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames, Brian Tarantina, Anthony Alessandro, Brent Hinkley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Suzanne Shepherd, Doug Barron
  • Director:  Adrian Lyne
  • Screenwriter:  Bruce Joel Rubin

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Rating:

  • Drew= 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 /10;
  • IMDb = 7.5 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.1 / 10;

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Synopsis:

The downward spiraling to the hell of Jacob Signer, a Vietnam veteran haunted by his horrible experience in battle.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Review:

Jacob’s Ladder is one of those movies that stick in your mind, hours, even days after watching it. Thereee are many psychological horror flicks out there that are smart and have an executed story, but Jacob’s Ladder is above them in many facets. The movie implements a dreadful feeling right from the get-go and gets more hopeless and sinister as it progresses. The characters are tragic and bland in nature, all portraying people in either desperate situations or stuck in a terrible rut. It’s safe to say that Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena exceeded any expectations in this movie, both being somewhat risky parts to play in their given roles.

The attention to detail in many of the demonic horror scenes is striking and gives the movie a great re-watch potential, allowing the viewer to pick up something different every time. The dialogues and script are carefully calculated, having very few plot-holes. The story constantly flips back and forth, introducing new characters and time periods, becoming borderline confusing at times. However, after multiple times watch, one gets comfortable with the film’s direction and messages, making it everything perfectly understandable after all.

The ending is done very well, but comes too quickly and leaves an unsatisfying taste during the credits. Jacob’s Ladder is an essential watch, one that gives great takes on life, worth and meaning.

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