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Double Jeopardy

Published September 7, 2020

Double Jeopardy

Film info

  • Title Double Jeopardy
  • Director Bruce Beresford
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genre Thriller
  • Tagline Murder isn't always a crime

Ashley Judd plays Libby Parsons, who discovers that the husband she's convicted of murdering staged his own death and framed her for the crime. Released on parole, she skips town to find him - and that puts parole officer Travis Lehman on her trail.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:42“It’s the best thing there is, sailing.” Is it tho?
7:15“I don’t see land. Where is it?”
10:50I like that he was smart enough not to shake his head because she was looking.
15:38“There’s a big difference between okay and two million dollars.”
18:27So painful when someone shouts ‘you have to believe me’ because you know they’re not going to.
19:31Will the insurance still pay out when it’s been officially judged a murder.
26:27Gasp! There’s some supremely efficient storytelling going on here, we’ve basically had a whole film’s worth and it’s only half an hour in.
29:58Think that’s an unintended consequence right there.
30:14Training montage! Wasn’t expecting that this film.
30:27“I gotta hand it to you, honey, that’s just sheer hate driving you on.”
42:17She gon be in trouble now.
45:25Running on sand is so hard.
49:42That’s someone’s actual car gone in the sea!
52:18Hold the phone, is TLJ about to go on the hunt for a fugitive?
57:25Love that she’s just rung the doorball.
1:01:01This parole guy is really good at what he does.
1:02:23This lady does not like cars.
1:06:06Big mistake, huge.
1:18:26That’s a lot of umbrellas to be trying to barge your way through.
1:26:39TERRIFYING.
1:36:22He’s properly evil.
1:41:11Handsome Internet Expert is the best credit name ever.

Thoughts

I was genuinely astounded at how much this movie managed to whip through, particularly at the beginning. Half an hour and she went from happily married to convicted prisoner, another ten minutes and she was on parole ready to get revenge. There are plenty of plot holes that don’t quite work - murder is still a crime, despite what the tagline says. And she commits so many other crimes on her way to find the scoundrel that it doesn’t quite stack up.

But it was fun to see Tommy Lee Jones on the chase, similar to his role in The Fugitive, although perhaps with a bit more heart behind him. Ashley Judd was brilliant - determined and smart, although making mistakes all along the way showing just how human she was. Not a perfect thriller, but very entertaining and a good watch.

Rating: 4 / 5

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