Jacob's Ladder : Everything great except Robbins

Re: Everything great except Robbins

Then you know nothing about acting. Robbins is a great actor.

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you've got to be kidding me! so sad you didn't like him in this, i thought he was brilliant! one poster said it well, he's got that sort of gentle large gangly thing going on—-it's like part of his acting - Love - him!

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I just watched it again, and I think he's wonderful, perfect as an everyman. Love him in everything he does. Had they used someone like Sean Penn, he'd be chewing up the scenery and over-acting and be all method-actor-y, if you know what I mean. (Not a big fan of Sean Penn - except his portrayal of Harvey Milk which was brilliant).

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Robbin's acting in this was moving and astonishing for me. His tears, falling freely from his eyes, his red and scarred (from the injuries his character suffered through the movie) face added immensely to his portrayal of a man who felt his mind was becoming unhinged.

Watching this film I wondered how many vets who struggled with PTSD identified with parts of his performance?

A great story, and wonderfully made film and some pretty good acting.


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I can see what you mean.

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First, I agree Robbins is no Pacino or Mickey Rourke, who were allegedly considered for the role of Jacob Singer, but by no stretch of the imagination would I call him "talentless." I agree Robbins was not the right person for the role and anyone who thinks this is his best effort ought to put down the pipe or whatever they are smoking.

That said, the potential for this movie was much greater than what was achieved, and I don't place the blame on Robbins. The movie, for instance, utilizes cheesy, comic-book sound effects, such as when Robbins is booting people in the face in the back of a car.

The cinematography isn't anything to brag about. "The Godfather III," for instance, came out around the same time and, in comparison, "Jacob's Ladder" looks like it was released in the 70s. Based on the figures offered by IMDB, a small budget cannot be blamed for the film's poor quality; though, perhaps a poor allocation of resources.

Moreover, the biggest flaw is that the screenwriter and director came up with an excellent script with an excellent concept but they somehow managed to ruin what should be considered one of the greatest films of the 90s with a cheapness that cannot be cleaned. Still a good movie but the possibilities were far greater than were realized.

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Yeah I'd have to disagree on this one. I think Robbins is exceptional
in this film. In fact, I couldn't even imagine what this film would be
like without him!

Re: Everything great except Robbins

Gotta disagree. I loved Robbins in this movie.



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He's a great actor.

I enjoyed him in this film and shawshank redemption

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Nobody could have played this like Robbins. Not only have I never considered the notion that Robbins is a bad actor, it's a pretty laughable claim given his career. Nothing personal to you, no reason to argue, but I'm in the completely opposite camp on this one.

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I think its silly to suggest that the success of a person's career has anything to do with his acting…unless you think Sylvester Stallone is a great actor??? I mean, there is a kind of spectrum of sorts between 'movie star' and 'actor', and sometimes there are these aberrations who, for me, don't lie anywhere on the line, and I honestly can't see why they became famous at all.

I actually made a list of them:

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls059960424/

I didn't make the list to be edgy or whatever people might accuse me of, I sincerely can't see what the hype is all about.

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Well, I don't know what to say to that. I wouldn't be able to watch a Stallone movie, they're not even in the same league. I think my top ten list would surprise you and would put to rest any notion of silliness in my taste in movies. That being said, I agree some people won the lottery, I don't think Tim Robbins is one of them - but to each their own.

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Stallone is not bad either. I haven't seen Rocky 1 and 2 but they won an Academy award and are beloved classics. First Blood. Demolition Man.
The Specialist is one of the weirdest movies ever and I like watching it (like the NC watches Lady in the water). I wanted to do a parody of it. All his lines are delivered while he can't close half his mouth. But Stallone gives a very subtle performance in it. The villains are over-the-top, Stallone is subtle. He's just terribly miscast (nobody spots him at any time?).
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