Double Jeopardy (1999)


“I got to hand it to you, honey. It’s just sheer hate driving you on.” – Evelyn Lake

Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 Aug 2000 and 5 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being falsely accused of murdering her husband, a woman tries to discover the truth.

My Take on it – This is a thriller that I recall seeing not long after it came out and it left a nice impression on me ever since.

The story itself works quite well and that largely has to do with the fact that the very strong cast helps keep things interesting.

Ashley Judd is great in the lead and we easily sympathize with her situation.

She is supported really well by Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Greenwood in her quest to find the truth of how she got into her predicament.

The story is paced quite well and I loved how they were able to constantly throw lots and lots of surprises at us along the way.

I have actually seen this listed as one of the best courtroom thrillers ever made yet that surprises me a bit since the amount of time that the story spends in court is minimal.

The message of this film about never giving up is great and we see the fine line that the characters must walk while trying to discover what truly is happening.

Jodie Foster was originally set to play the lead (see Trivia below) yet I’m quite happy that she declined the role in the end because she was too famous and recognizable at that time.

Judd had the right amount of star power at the time to not distract us from feeling that this story could be plausible and that she is just an average woman dealing with this kind of situation presented here

Bottom Line – Nice thriller that works because of its very strong cast. Judd, Jones and Greenwood are all great here.  The pacing is quite good and they manage to throw a few surprises at us along the way that make for a satisfying story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jodie Foster landed the role of Libby after Meg Ryan and Brooke Shields both declined, but was replaced by Ashley Judd when Foster became pregnant.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “Double Jeopardy (1999)

  1. I remember liking this one a lot when it came out as well. Always a fan of Tommy Lee, and Ashley was very good as well (an now – I’ve stopped wondering why she hasn’t worked as much as maybe she should have in light of the Harvey Weinstein revelations). But I also remember being intrigued by the set up but always having some gnawing questions as to the actual legality of some plot points (mainly – can you really legally get away with murder for killing someone who you’ve already been convicted of killing? I don’t think so. You can be exonerated – the person who faked their death can be charged with fraud amongst other things – but I always thought that if she killed him for real – she could be tried again and re-convicted – which would sort of negate the title of the movie). Luckily, it all moves ahead at such a clip – that you don’t have time to think – until afterwards.

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