Film #27 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #9. Film that takes place in a mental institution!
A scary nightmare of a film that tastes a bit like a Cronenberg flick.
The purpose of this film is to confuse the viewer as much as its main character, Jacob. What is real, what is a dream, what is a flashback? Am I going to hell?
A haunting mix of post traumatic stress disorder, fever, hallucinations, horned demons,…
This is one of the best psychological thriller/horror movies for many reasons, the first of which being that it follows a protagonist who is completely believable in his actions, conversation, and fears about his own sanity, much of which is due to Tim Robbins' compelling performance.
This movie is also terrifying.
The surreal imagery:
blank faces on the subway, a bloody insane asylum, soulless eyes, humans moving inhumanly, even tentacle sex.
All that and more combined with jarring sound effects…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For me, it's a great movie with a bad ending. The whole film induces a sense of paranoia and a dream like state, which makes you question what is reality, but it speaks volumes about the character's beliefs, fears and losses. Everything flows, jumping between these different states. You don't know if the government is actually after him or if he's been mentally disturbed from Vietnam.
And then the ending comes, tells you he's dead, it's all a "dream", he…
After just one watch I couldn’t go as far as calling this a total favorite of mine, but now after a rewatch, it does begin to climb slowly up the ladder of all time personal picks.
After just one watch I couldn’t go as far as calling this a total favorite of mine, but now after a rewatch, it does begin to climb slowly up the ladder of all time personal picks. I remember having a hard time putting thoughts…
A decent movie that was worth the watch.
Jacob's Ladder stars Tim Robbins as a vet from Nam who appears to be going through some sort of PTSD in his everyday life as he starts hallucinating and having strange experiences.
Overall, the film was alright. Robbins' performance was better than average I'd say, and I rather enjoyed Elizabeth Peña as the female lead. The pacing of the film is radical, with it intentionally leaving the viewers confused as to where they are and what's happening. In the end though, the film wasn't very remarkable to me, but worth seeing the first time.
Film #13 of "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #27: A film featuring Hell!
I thought I had seen this already but recently realized I had not. Since it was part of my "100 Films That Inspired Dead Space" (the video game) list, I figured it was time to give Jacob's Ladder a visit. Boy am I glad that I did.
It easy to see how this film influenced not only the scariest video game of all time…
Film #17 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge
Task #18: An exquisite mindbender!
I love a good mindbender, and this was no exception. Telling the story of a Vietnam veteran trying to live a normal life post-war, this movie manages to have engaging storytelling and thought-provoking ideas. While I didn't really find anything to like that much about the acting or camerawork, the plot and themes were enough to get me through and enough for me to really like the movie.…
Loved the atmosphere in this one. Weird things here and there, not quite sure what is going on - it puts you perfectly in Tim Robbins' head. And then it goes full on mad and it's glorious.
Intense psycho thriller with a different view on some biblical themes. Very interesting and well made!
The mental breakdown as portrayed in cinema was never the same after this cult favourite hit the theatre backs in '90. This may be because unlike other attempts at this portrayal, the revelation at the end was satisfying and appropriate, allowing perceptive viewers to place the pieces into the bigger picture as they are revealed without giving up the tense atmosphere created. Nothing in this film, be it the continuity, narrative, sound design, or tone, has a firm footing in…
I went into this movie completely blind. Only things I knew were that it's a horror movie and that it's hard to find in Germany.
The movie follows Jacob Singer, a vietnam veteran who has crazy stuff happening to him. I don't wanna spoil too much so I'm keeping this pretty vague.
First, the opening is great. We start at a scene in a war camp and the sudden shift is great and perfectly acted. First they all just talk…