Double Jeopardy

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Released 1999

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Director:
Bruce Beresford
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Double Jeopardy is a 1999 thriller about a loving wife who is framed for the planned murder of her husband. The film starts out with the "murder," when Nick Parsons (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Elizabeth (Ashley Judd) go on a romantic boating weekend. One night on the yacht Elizabeth falls asleep and when she wakes up her husband is gone and her hands and clothes are covered in blood. Elizabeth is quickly arrested for the murder of her husband and her son is taken away from her. She is convicted and sentenced to prison. After six years, she gets out of jail on parole and is determined to get her son back. Knowing she never killed her husband she tries to find the real killer. Along the way she finds that her husband never actually died, but instead set her up so he could collect life insurance money. Now, with her husband already supposedly dead, Elizabeth sets out to kill her husband for real and take back her son. Finding a loophole in the judicial system called double jeopardy, she can not go to prison again for a crime she "already" committed. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones as a smart parole officer trying to track down Elizabeth after she jumps parole.moreless

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    7.0
    The law of double jeopardy states that once a person is convicted or acquitted of a crime, they may not be tried for the same crime again. So, when Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd), discovers that the husband she's been convicted of killing is actually still alive, she goes on a mission to hunt him down. There is one problem though, her parole officer is determined to stop her. This is one of those films that for some reason you easily forget about. I saw Double Jeopardy when it was in the theaters and totally forgot about it, until it was on TV last week. It's only then that I remembered just how intense it is. Ashley Judd is truly a fantastic actress when she's in the right role, and trust me, a scored, lonely woman is the perfect role for her. Tommy Lee Jones has a somewhat smaller part than we are used too, but he's as amazing as he's always been. The chase for Libby easily brings back memories of Marshall Samuel Gerard. The only knock against this film is that it is unfortunately somewhat predictable, if you're looking for a shocking twist in the story, you won't find it here. The extreme nature of the story and the terrific acting more than make up for the predictability though and the film is perfect for those times where you just want to be entertained without having to think too much.moreless
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Thrillers, Crime