Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a U.S. soldier in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. When the story begins, helicopters are passing overhead, carrying supplies for what seems to be preparations for a big Viet Cong offensive. Without any warning, Jacob’s unit comes under fire. The soldiers try to take cover but begin to exhibit strange behavior for no apparent reason. Jacob attempts to escape the unexplained insanity, only to be bayonetted by an unseen enemy.
The film then shifts back and forth from Vietnam to Jacob’s memories (and hallucinations) of his son Gabe (Macaulay Culkin, uncredited) and former wife Sarah (Patricia Kalember), and to his present (set in 1975) relationship with a woman named Jezebel (Elizabeth Peña) in New York City. During this latter period, Jacob faces several threats to his life and has severe hallucinatory experiences.
At once hailed by movieg rs and reviled by critics, filmmaker Adrian Lyne was an Academy Award-nominated director and producer of such erotically-charged features as “Flashdance” (1983), “Nine ½ Weeks” (1986), “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Unfaithful” (2002). Lyne’s films were balanced carefully on the line between art and exploitation – while impeccably polished and produced, his pictures never shied away from depicting the darker – and more titillating – aspects of human sexuality in graphic ways. Although popular with audiences, his films were routinely dismissed as glossy, empty-headed Hollywood product. Lyne responded to such criticism with more arthouse-oriented fare like “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990) and “Lolita” (1997), making him a filmmaker harder to define that critics would care to admit.
Born March 4, 1941 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, Lyne was raised in London and studied at the prestigious Highgate School, where his father was an educator. After a brief… read more
A promising start is ultimately undermined by a really disappointing ending. This is a suspenseful film, but it's also one that could have taken more risks, and it's the lack of those risks that keeps it from being great.