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This review is from: Jacob's Ladder [DVD]  (DVD)
The Vietnam War, hallucinogenic drugs, a Pentagon cover-up, we've heard of all this before. But this movie had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Tim Robbins, an amiable postman with an irritating girlfriend who can't keep up with his moods, finds himself in a whirlpool of events beyond his control. He walks a tightrope between life and death, reality and surrealism, sanity and irrationality. Some of the ideas are similar to those in 'The Manchurian Candidate' (both the original version and its remake), while the behaviour of the soldiers is reminiscent of 'Platoon' and 'The Deerhunter'. The goriest scenes were obviously taken from a study of NHS hospitals. The story had so many inexplicable turns that it wasn't always easy to distinguish between the chronological sequences of the jungle, the hospital and the sinister underground railway system. Throw in a few car bombs and illustrations more appropriate to the Pentacle than the Pentagon and you have all the ingredients of a suspense movie. Would I recommend this ? Certainly, despite the high price.