This movie tries to be both The
Fugitive and Sleeping With
the Enemy, all in one movie. But it mostly fails to deliver on
either count. It even has Tommy Lee Jones, reprising his role as
Sam Gerard, this time as a bumbling, drunk Parole Officer. And go
rent Sleeping With Enemy.
In that movie, Julia Roberts is out on a yacht with her evil husband and
goes overboard and pretends to be dead. In Double Jeopardy, Bruce
Greenwood, as the evil husband, goes out on a yacht with his wife (Ashley
Judd) and goes overboard and pretends to be dead. And they say Hollywood
writers never have any new ideas. Anyway, Greenwood sets it up so
it looks like he has been murdered by his wife and then runs off with her
best friend and their son. The wife is convicted and sent to prison.
Ashley Judd looks great in her designer jeans and jogging outfits at this
maximum security prison. One of her friends in prison has seen The
Shawshank Redemption and gives Judd the proper advice on how to get
parole. Luckily for Judd, her husband's new wife, her ex-best
friend, keeps giving her previous employer her address changes so that
Judd can keep finding them wherever they move. Judd breaks parole
and The Fugitive part of
the movie begins with Jones in hot pursuit. Tommy Lee Jones is good
as usual. Ashley Judd looks good as usual. Bruce Greenwood is suave
and polite so you know he is evil from the first scene.
The audience I was with at this movie seemed to care a lot more than I did. They were oohing and ahhing all through the movie. They ooohed when we saw Judd naked and they ahhed when she was forced to break a stained glass window to escape. This audience needs to get out more. I just didn't care about the people in this movie so I didn't ooh and ahh. Nor did I get choked up at all during the very predictable ending. This movie has been number one at the box office for three weeks so my audience was not alone in liking it. I guess that planning to kill your spouse has a lot of appeal for American audiences.