“The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you, he said. They’re freeing your soul. So the way he sees it, if you’re frightened of dying and… and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It’s just a matter of how you look at it, that’s all. So don’t worry, okay? Okay?”
There’s two main parts in this movie that stand out to me in terms of the overarching plot line. One is its obvious connection with the CIA’s drug experiments during the Vietnam War. We can assume initially that the protagonist has been drugged which is what’s causing this delusion. The other is the allusion to religion, the duality of angels and demons. For the non-religious ,*puts on fedora* you can think about it as what is true punishment? Is true punishment being forced to hold onto your past life?
Jacob’s Ladder is a maddening decent through purgatory that will impress most after taking a minute to digest.