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Double Jeopardy
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted May 5, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie:
Double Jeopardy, though slightly slow and somewhat predictable, was quite suspenseful overall. Ashley Judd does a fine job in the movie, portraying a woman wrongly convicted of killing her husband. She later finds out he's alive, and after serving her time in prision sets off to make things right. However, her main motivation isn't finding/killing her husband as much as it is finding her son. Tommy Lee Jones also puts in a performance, albeit a subdued one. He's an ex-lawyer who runs a halfway house that shelters recent parolees. However, his character is never really developed as much as it could have been, but he does provide a good foil for Judd's character.

As anyone who's seen the trailer knows, because Libby Parsons (Judd) has already been convicted of killing her husband and since she can't be tried twice for the same crime (double jeopardy), she could kill really kill him this time, and walk away clean.

Picture:
Paramount did a great job with the anamorphic transfer for the disc - the picture looks near perfect. There are a few barelly noticable flaws in the opening credit sequence, but after that its impossible to spot any. The colors used for the movie are great, as the movie is set in many wonderful locales.

Sound:
You have a choice of either 5.1 or 2.0 when watching the disc, but the sound isn't the highlight of the movie. Although there is lots of action going on, most of the movie is dialogue based. The musical score is very well done though, as are the sound effects used.

Extras:
However, the extras aren't much to shout out. You get the trailer, presented in non-amamorphic widescreen, and a featurette. The featurette isn't too bad, but it was shot in 4:3 and also 1.78:1 widescreen, which presents a problem for viewers with widescreen tvs.

Summary:
Although the movie borrows quite a bit from the Fugitive and U.S. Marshalls, I found it enjoyable and suspenseful, although slightly predictable. Fans of those movies should go rent as soon as possible; others interested in the double jeopardy law should just rent at their leisure.

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