Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

TriStar Pictures
Directed by Adrian Lyne
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Artisan)

Vietnam vet Tim Robbins suffers from post traumatic hallucinations while living in NYC. He sees demons on the subway, is chased down and kidnapped by strangers in a car and has frequent debilitating flashbacks to the war. Some of his old buddies are having the same issues and they suspect they were secretly given drugs by the army as an experiment. He hires a lawyer but he quits when his record shows he was never even sent to Vietnam. Dreams, hallucinations and flashbacks begin to blur as he loses his grip on reality. His young son shows up at the end to show him the way. Disturbing but effective film on the devastating effects of war.

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