DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Review by Dave Smith

"No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life and limb." This is from the 5th amendment to the Constitution and it's on this statement the plot of this film gets it's inspiration. This, unfortunately, is not a new inspiration. This sort of thing has been done before. In fact there are other similarities here. You might keep thinking you are again viewing The Fugitive as Tommy Lee Jones reprises his no-nonsense law enforcement character. This time, however he's a parole officer. You also might think of Julia Roberts while looking at Ashley Judd (Not that they resemble each other) in that Julia did much the same thing in Sleeping With the Enemy.

The only difference here is that Ashley's husband, played by Bruce Greenwood, fakes his death and disappears with their child after framing her for his murder. She is advised by her lawyer-turned-convict prison mate that when she gets out she can simply walk up to her husand and shoot him and no one can do anything about it. The problem is finding the husband since he has disappeared along with the child.

The movie has several good things going for it...namely Jones, Ashley and director Bruce Beresford. The problem is they can't rescue the plot. There is nothing new or surprising about this film. We should expect more out of Beresford. After all he gave us such films as, Breaker Morant and Tender Mercies. This film is not even in the same league with those classics



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