I wasn't expecting too much from Jacob's Ladder. Directed by a man who's mostly made cheap thrillers and crass remakes, the film looked more like a interesting concept that would crumble under poor direction and misguided production. Having finished the film, I'm surprised to say that Jacob's Ladder was better than I expected it to be. It's got a great atmosphere and is surprisingly very character-orientated. At the same time, however, part of my prediction came true - the film slowly falls apart thanks to poor direction.
We follow the titular Jacob Singer in the film, a former Vietnam veteran who's only now slowly becoming re-integrated into society. Though he's well-educated and has a doctoral degree, Jacob settles for a job as a letter carrier and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie.
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