Double Jeopardy Reviews
Double jeopardy is a real thing, but the film plays fast and loose with it, and the way it is demonstrated here isn't actually how it works. That aside, this is a very entertaining film, despite being kinda silly and on the nose. The motivations for various things (aside from the revenge) aren't really well constructed, and the writing just feels kinda 'bare minimum', but the performances are passable, and the audience does feel satisfaction in seeing Ashley Judd's Libby run around on her quest for revenge.
This film comes off to me as the cinematic equivalent of an airport novel. I mean that as mostly a compliment, even if I don't completely recommend the film as something worth watching very often. Had this been better scripted, and maybe had a bit tighter direction, then it might hold up as more than rainy day popcorn fare.
Tommy Lee Jones is good as her parole officer, and Bruce Greenwood is the dead husband who's not so dead.
Although this movie was entertaining and well acted, it was extremely derivative. Also, several elements of the plot in the first scene were somehow telegraphed - or else it all seemed familiar.
"Double Jeopardy" is a great movie and I think it was one of the best movies of 1999. Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones (Travis Lehman, Elizabeth's parole officer) both do a great job of acting in this movie. Their great acting along with the movie's plot and the great suspense make this movie all the more compelling. I recommend anybody who likes great thriller/suspense movies to get "Double Jeopardy." You won't be disappointed. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Well actually Ms. Judd, they can. You see the rule of double jeopardy is not to be tried for the same crime and same occurance. Both have to happen for the rule of double jeopardy to succeed. If a thief stole a jewel and was sent to prison then once released stole the same jewel; can he be tried again for the same crime? Of course he can! And so can you my dear Ashley.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Moving on now that that logistic bump in the road has been covered. 'Double Jeopardy' has all the pieces of a thriller but somehow they never cohesively form to make any semblence of a truly exciting and tense caper. The elements are there, but it's just not working. The setups occur but the payoffs seem to be very unrewarding. The biggest problem is all of the film's plot lines and twists were displayed prominantly in the trailer and commercials, so the entire audience is five steps ahead of the characters. Tommy Lee Jones surmises the same role he's had for the entire decade of the hard-boiled detective on the hunt for a man. 'Double Jeopardy' is essentially no more than 'The Fugitive 3: The Estrogen Chronicals.' And what kind of prison does Ashley go to where they let inmates cut their own hair with sharp scissors unsupervised?[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The blooming and booming starlette Ashley Judd plays our wrongly conivcted and vengeful heroine most effectively. But what man in their right mind would trade Ashley for Annabeth Gish? Ashley has this enticingly warm aura around her and a smile that will merely melt your heart. This woman was made for pictures; her face is etched in beauty and has twinkles reminiscent of the elegant early days of cinema. This is a ravishingly beautiful woman that deserves to be smattered on the big screen... and she can act too.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Double Jeopardy' is at its heart a standard and rather ordinary thriller. It does nothing to rise above mediocrity, but is at a level of contentment with where it's at. You may not bite your nails much with tension, but you'll become better aquainted with your watch.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C [/color][/font]
The whole 'Double Jeopardy' clause of law was rather interesting. I was expecting to see more legal based stuff, but the whole focus seemed to be on Ashley Judd and whether or not she could look good while escaping from numerous people.