25.2.08

the part that won't let go...





Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Adrian Lyne, Dir.



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Different. Different. Different.

7 comments:

LKD said...

The Sixth Sense before the The Sixth Sense, yes?

I anticipated the ending of The Sixth Sense right at the film's beginning, alas.

I enjoyed the movie, but I wish I hadn't experienced that "leap." It was one of those movies that everyone was being very hush hush about the ending, and all my friends had already seen it and were waiting to hear my reaction. Maybe that's why I guessed the ending. Too much whispering, maybe.

Jacob's Ladder, though, caught me completely off guard. I didn't know what was happening, didn't anticipate nor guess the ending until it hit me in the face.

I recall being devastated. Grief-stricken, really.

Ever see Birth with Nicole Kidman?

Peter said...

I loved Jacob's Ladder. I remember my friend Patricia (who later became a psychiatrist treating vets with PTSD) and I staying in the theater and watching it through a second time before leaving. It is the only movie I have ever done that with.

I heard later the movie was a kind of takeoff of the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce.

Radish King said...

The faces whipping back and forth in Jacob's Ladder were inspired by the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon. If you're not familiar with his work, you should be. This movie got to me. It's one of the few movies I own.

megalopoet said...

i've never seen this movie. i know, i know...

and now for something completely different:
you're book tagged.

off to the netflix queue...

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Great film. Thanks for the comments.

LKD - No way to prepare for JL. I have seen Birth. Good one.

Peter - thanks for the visit. I think I do recall reading something about the connection with the story - though I don't remember where.

And Radish King - I am familiar with Bacon. End of the Line is a great piece.

You need to watch it, Nicole. Words can't really get at how amazing the film is.

Collin said...

I saw this at the theater when it came out back in the day, and I have to admit I didn't care for it. Maybe because I'm not a big Tim Robbins fan. Loved The Sixth Sense and I think Birth is a criminally underrated film and one of Kidman's best roles.

SarahJane said...

I loved Jacob's Ladder, too. And here I thought I was the only one....