Somehow, for me, Jacob’s Ladder has always gone hand-in-hand with Angel Heart (1987). Maybe director Adrian Lyne and writer Bruce Joel Rubin were heavily influenced by Alan Parker’s masterpiece? It would not surprise me at all.
No matter, Jacob’s Ladder can stand tall all by itself as an exceptional cinematic experience. This nerve-wracking psychological mystery thriller will bewilder and horrify you in a most gratifying manner. The only alleviation you will get during all the madness and despair is if you press the Pause button.
Tim Robbins delivers an intensely unsettling performance alongside stalwart co-actors Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, and a string of other names that have since hit the big time.
If you like to be thrilled – and you like to use your brain – then this cult classic from the 90s is for you!
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers.
Title: Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Direction: Adrian Lyne
Screenplay: Bruce Joel Rubin
Editing: Tom Rolf
Score: Maurice Jarre
Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, ￼Pruitt Taylor Vince, ￼Jason Alexander