Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Jacob’s Ladder - Review

Postal worker Jacob Singer, traumatised by both a serious injury he suffered in the Vietnam war and the untimely death of his young son, starts to experience terrifying hallucinations. Faceless demons shadow his every move, the surviving members of his platoon are being murdered, and his lover may not be what she appears to be. 

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Tim Robbins is immensely likable as Jacob, providing the film with a compassionate, if somewhat unreliable, heart.

Yet it is his innocence that makes his ordeal so harrowing – a horrific waking nightmare fashioned from the darkest elements of William Blake, Francis Bacon and Ambrose Bierce.


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