Jeopardy"óIs it more than meets the eye?
Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood
28, 2000] Libby
(Ashley Judd) and Nick Parsons (Bruce Greenwood) appear to be
deeply in love and living the idyllic married life with their
beautiful 6-year-old son. But I saw the previews. It was too good
to be true. Wouldnít it be great if Hollywood would produce a
movie showing how wonderful and exciting lifelong fidelity can be?
we ought to send Hollywood a message: "Donít give away so
much of the plot in the title and the previews!" I had the
feeling that I knew the whole pathetic plot before I watched the
movieóand I almost didnít pick up "Double Jeopardy"
for that very reason. But the question begs to be asked: Do they
preview so much of this film so that you donít come away from
this movie saying, "Well, that one was entirely
I watched the flick from start to finish, I felt as though it
contained some very fresh material, and I was glad I had picked it
story goes like this: Nick Parsons was in deep financial trouble
and was about to lose everything. Nick appears to get mysteriously
killed and Libby, his beautiful, adored wife, is set up and framed
for his death. But he is of course, not dead! She is, however,
convicted and goes to prison where she serves a six-year term.
While she is in prison, he resurfaces with a new name and living
very comfortably with another life, another wife and, oh yes, the
two million dollars he got from the life insurance company.
adapted and learned plenty in prison, including the truth that
Nick was still alive. One day a newfound friend, who just happened
to be a disbarred lawyer, told her of the constitutional amendment
called "Double Jeopardy," explaining that she could kill
her husband for real this time and walk away from it without
further interference from the law.
do you know, Libby gets out of prison, and while she is in the
care of her parole officer Travis (Tommy Lee Jones), she tracks
down her husband and tries to get her son back. But this is where
the introduction and the previews leave off. The real question is,
does she kill Nick or does she let him go? You gotta watch the
movie to find out.
thought this movie would be one-dimensional and easily revealed,
but I was pleasantly surprised at the plot, the acting, the
location and some other clever nuances. Ashley Judd was
wonderfully convincing; Bruce Greenwood was devious and evil; and
hard-bitten Tommy Lee Jones played the perfect
give it three solid stars out of five.