It's a movie about vietnam war veteran who find that living after war isn't that easy. Well this movie is very heavy i think, and obviously it's not for kid. You see there's nudity, hallucination, blood and flesh, some other stuff that need a deep thinking.
The plot is in the present then a LOT of flashing flash back, and then another flash back, and sometimes it confuses me, because Jacob wake up and it's like the present time is a dream, and twisted other stuff like that. Well you can see the tagline "The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming." which is describe it well.
Jacob's frustated a lot, from pain from the past, his hurting back. And somehow someone trying to kill him and his vietnam war veteran friends. But thing's get complicated and somehow he feels he wants to die and a catchy quotes from his doctor "If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth." which make me think that Jacob's dying.
Why i watch old movie like this? Well it's simple, my favourite game series; Silent Hill, has mentioned this movie as a reference. And what i feel from this movie is a LOT of Silent Hill Surrealism feeling, vibe, ambient, and some of the scene, some dialog and of course music ambient that has a silent hill feeling. Well i think Akira Yamaoka very inspired making silent hill music from this movie.
Even from the very first and legendary 1999's Silent Hill until the last 2008's Silent Hill: Homecoming has a reference from this movie. And another thing that i like is that this movie is remembering me of a surrealistic twisted plot from the 1960's tv series The Twilight Zone.
So basicly it's all connected. You see "Supernatural" tv series connected with "The Twilight Zone" and "Silent Hill: Homecoming", Mew's 156 i think it's the number of all 5 seasons of "The Twilight Zone", And "Jacob's Ladder" connected to "The Twilight Zone", "Silent Hill" and "Supernatural" AWESOME!!