‘Jacob’s Ladder’ movie review

Movie night: ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is a suspenseful remake of the 1990s film. The action will keep you tied to the screen.

Alyssa Storm, Washburn Review Editor in Chief

“Jacob’s Ladder” is a remake of the original 1990s film. The thriller/horror tells the story of Jacob, Michael Ealy, who attempts to save his brother during combat in Afghanistan.

After combat, Jacob returns to the United States and tries to start a normal life – unfortunately, that’s impossible. The dark film is creatively written and provides the illusion that Jacob’s life is perfect.

“Jacob’s Ladder” successfully showcases the profound impact that drugs play in war zone combat – making war veterans paranoid… causing them to act out.

The foreshadowing with Isaac and Sam in the bar is shocking and shifts the dynamic of the film. When it did comes time to see the truth about Jacob, it results in a giant curve ball. The way how the “ladder” is described makes you feel bad for Isaac, you then realize that Jacob is the victim.

Veterans going through post-traumatic stress disorder and on drugs are presented in this film and viewer discretion is advised. It’s a scary reminder that this is happening in our world today – maybe not as intense as it is portrayed in the movie. A little research reveals that the original movie is loosely based on real events that happened after the Vietnam War.

The suspense and action is sure to keep you intrigued.

Edited by Adam White, Wesley Tabor