Movie Review: Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the continuation of “The Month of Spooks”. Time to review another horror movie… something that is the basic plan of this little “month” of mine. Thinking about it, maybe I should start it a little earlier and plan it out a little better for next year. Anyhow, time for a horror movie… yeah.

Ladies and gents, be ready to climb… “Jacob’s Ladder”.

Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) has an okay life working as a postman and living with his girlfriend Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña). However he is not a perfect everyday man. First off, he is in grief over his young son (Macaulay Culkin) who died and he is also beginning to have terrible flashbacks about his time in Vietnam. Also, he bgins seeing terrible and terrifying creatures and other things. So Jacob has to try to figure out what the hell is going on, why this is happening and also find a way to get out of it. And not only was the plot very well told, but it was also pretty scary. To be honest, the movie isn’t a straight-up horror movie, but it is also a drama/psychological thriller. And I do think that those aspects helps improve upon the movie. I also love the deep symbolism in the movie, it’s all really cool. Also, if a movie can mentally mess me up, that is pretty great. I guess I would say that this movie left the same type of psychological impact on me as “Enemy” did, and you guys probably know I loved that movie.

The characters are all flawed in some manner of speaking and they are all very interesting. Sure, not many of them get a lot of screen time, but that is still compensated for by great writing and excellent acting. Tim Robbins is fantastic as our broken and haunted protagonist. This is definitely one of the best performances I have seen him give. Sure, I haven’t seen too many Tim Robbins performances, but it’s still fuckin’ great. And Elizabeth Peña was great as his girlfriend. Everybody was great. No weak performances.

The score for “Jacob’s Ladder” was provided by composer Maurice Jarre. And you guys should know by now that I love Maurice Jarre. Every score I have heard from that man is somewhere between great and amazing in my opinion. And the score for this movie was not different at all, it is another welcome addition into Jarre’s discography. It is thought-provoking, it is beautiful and it is quite eerie. It really did fit the a horror movie/psychological thriller so it’s great that this movie is such a movie. Again, it’s by Maurice Jarre and I love basically everything by him.

The shots in this movie look pretty damn great. It was directed by Adrian Lyne who also made “Flashdance”. And he did a fantastic job with it. Also, he achieved some pretty fucking creepy and even scary things in the movie. One example is how he managed to create that scary “Shaking head” effect. Seriously, the way he achieved that without resorting to computers is simply amazing because that effect is some of the scariest shit I have ever seen in a movie.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 69% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 62/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“Jacob’s Ladder” is a horror movie with a very deep and symbolic plot, fantastic acting, terrific music, great directing and it is actually really scary. Time for my final score. *Cough cough*. My final score for “Jacob’s Ladder” is a 9,85/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Jacob’s Ladder” is now reviewed.

I need more Tim Robbins in my life.

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