Rated: R due to sex and violence Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: November 2, 1990 Released by:
Jacob's Ladder is either the staircase down from exposure to chemical warfare or Jacob's climb to eternity. Throughout the film Tim Robins, Jacob, is unglued from reality as he floats from one time in his life to another while pursued by demons which are symbolic of his guilt.
Director Adrian Lyne holds the audience with quick and sudden changes of location and mood. There is no time to relax; scenes change constantly.
Reality and illusion are integrated with no explanation until the final scene. In a flash of time, Jacob moves from a bed with sexy Elizabeth Pena to a more conventional bedroom which he shares with his wife. He moves freely from Vietnam to the New York subway, always suffering with visions which are troubling but not frightening. The mystery of Jacob's climb will hold your interest and the playful erotic performance of Elizabeth Pena is worth seeing.