Alternate titles : Dante's Inferno

Tagline : "You can't run from your own mind."

Jacob's LadderPerhaps not a horror film in the true sense of the word, but undoubtedly one of the weirdest I have ever had to review, was this surreal shocker by director Adrianne Lynn. Which concerns the antics of a former Vietnam veteran, who finds himself being haunted by his past, in a very literal sense!

Tim Robbins stars as the films main character Jake Singer, a New York postal worker who's haunted by flashbacks of his tour of duty in Vietnam and of the death of his son from his previous marriage. Unfortunately, these flashbacks appear to be getting all too real, and as the film progresses what is real, and what's in his mind becomes increasingly unclear.

One moment he awakes to find himself still in Vietnam, fending off an enemy attack. Then he finds himself back with his first wife and their son isn't actually dead. Then finds he was only dreaming about the past, and he is really divorced and now living with his new partner.

He sets out to try and discover the reasons for these flashbacks, only to then find he is being followed by strange demonic people, who seem to be trying to kill him. Which reality he is actually living in and why these demons are chasing him round isn't explained until the very very end of the film (which I won't spoil for you), but even then it takes some serious afterthought to fathom out all the intricate plot twists.

Jason Alexander, of Seinfeld fame, appears in a co-starring role, and "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin puts in an appearance as Jacob's dead son Gabriel. Overall this is quite an entertaining film, but due to it's surreal nature, is one of those that splits the audience as to whether they love or hate it.

I enjoyed it, but was very confused by the ending which I felt didn't fully explain the bizarre plot, but if you want to find out what I mean you'll just have to see it for yourself!

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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