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Awesome: 5.41%
Worth A Look: 6.31%
Average: 14.41%
Pretty Bad: 21.62%
Total Crap52.25%

9 reviews, 57 user ratings

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Double Jeopardy
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"The Fugitive 2?"
2 stars

Call me a bitter old cynic, but after seeing such refreshingly well written and original movies such as “American Beauty” and “Being John Malkovich”, it is increasingly difficult to appreciate the formulaic Hollywood standard that we have been happy enough to spend our money on in the past.

Co-writing team (The Rock) David Weisberg and Douglas Cook do a by-the-book job of “Double Jeopardy”, the story of beautiful Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd – Kiss the Girls, A Time to Kill) who is framed for the apparent murder of her husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood – The Sweet Hereafter, The Lost Son) who is having an affair with her best friend Angie (Annabeth Gish – Mystic Pizza, Beautiful Girls) and facing the collapse of his business empire.

Once Libby cottons onto her false imprisonment and gets out of jail (is six years all you really get for murdering your spouse these days?), she seeks out her nasty husband who has taken on a new identity (although surprising high profile which struck me as an incredibly stupid idea – surely someone would recognise him??). Libby figures that since you can’t be tried for the same crime twice (although I doubt that it would apply to killing the same person twice!), she can find her much-loved son Matty and kill Nick at the same time.

Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, Men in Black), in a role which is so reminiscent of “The Fugitive”, plays the hardened, downtrodden parole officer, Travis Lehman, who has to track her down. He doesn’t have a lot to do except magically appear in every place that Libby was in a few hours earlier. Just how does a penniless parole officer with no authority from his boss to go trooping around the country?

One of the unfortunate things about formulaic Hollywood scripts is the predictability but this is no surprise (excuse the pun). The other thing that irks me is the lack of credibility that the story or characters can have that we are expected to go along with. I was surprised that Libby was convicted so easily – yes, there is blood everywhere but why wasn’t it tested to find out who (or what) it belonged to? Why didn’t anyone question Nick’s underhanded business dealings and consider that the lack of his body may have been a ploy to escape his creditors? I won’t go on – I’m sure you get my point.

Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Paradise Road) does what he can with what he has. The acting was as I expected although Ashley Judd can be too sickly sweet and it would have been more believable if she could have looked considerably different (or at least emotionally distressed) after being in prison for six years. At least the British Columbia scenery is stunning.

If you want to see this movie, look out for the preview shown before “Being John Malkovich” and you’ll get the entire story in one minute. What were the producers thinking when they agreed to have every plot point shown in the ad? It leaves nothing for the imagination. (Natasha

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell average 3 stars
7/24/08 Shaun Wallner Tommy Lee Jones is Awesome! 5 stars
4/19/08 R.W. Welch Sets up fine; gets steadily less credible as it goes along. 3 stars
9/19/07 Sugarfoot How Ashley Judd became a star will always remain a mystery unsolved. 1 stars
12/29/06 David Pollastrini somebody should have consulted a lawyer. 1 stars
11/10/05 Ashley i thought it was a pretty good movie 4 stars
11/03/04 krystle walker I loved this movie 5 stars
6/18/03 Trivetta Reese I loved this movie 5 stars
5/17/03 Bruce Abbott Guilty pleasure! Guilty because I for once actually enjoyed watching "Ballbuster"! 3 stars
3/30/03 Marcia Lartz Ashley Judd's best movie but she still never lets you forget her "ballbuster" persona. 4 stars
3/26/03 Jack Sommersby Catered to soccer moms: empty-headed and pretentious. Jones looks embarrassed as hell. 1 stars
9/02/02 movie guy THIS FILM WAS GREAT 5 stars
7/22/02 Kyle Andrew. YOU are the one with terrible taste. You like European Vacation, and tons of crap. 1 stars
5/28/02 Phuong "Andre" "Me-Me-Me" Nguyen Ashley Judd is a flaming git and should go back to her hole. SHE CAN'T ACT TO SAVE HERSELF! 1 stars
3/25/02 Veronica Foxx (The Raven-Haired Temptress) I'd give my left arm to see Jones or Judd NOT play the same role. Just ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
3/06/02 Ashley Corpening Surprising watchable for its leads - FUGITIVE role clone and unabashed "Ballbuster" 4 stars
1/08/02 Andrew Carden WOW! All Of You Have Horrible Tastes In Movies, Because This Was Excellent. 5 stars
9/18/01 Butterbean Cliched and predictable with a typecasted TL Jones. But it has it's moments. 3 stars
8/29/01 Gary Contrived, cliched, predictable and very badly acted. 1 stars
7/17/01 Josh Tybur I'm glad that the masses agree: this movie blows 1 stars
6/16/01 Rampage This movie sucked. The epitome of what has been wrong with Hollywood: big money, anti-logic 1 stars
6/14/01 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe No big deal, no surprises, no originality..poor TLJ, does he owe back taxes? 2 stars
4/08/01 FGM2Night Founded on a dopey premise, but ya can't deny Ashley Judd's stunning beauty. Wow! 3 stars
2/24/01 The Bomb 69 pretty cliched, a lawyer happens to be in jail with her, why couldn't she see her kid? 2 stars
10/05/00 Stuntman If you want suspense and action, go buy the Potter books. Hollywood has lost all faith 1 stars
9/28/00 Ground Zero You guys are weird, this movie is at its stupidity. What a crock of shit! 1 stars
9/09/00 Jed Good movie though flawed script it is certainly better than what most folks say. 3 stars
8/04/00 Bender Not too bad. Plus Ashley Judd is sexy as hell. 3 stars
7/09/00 Jed It wasn't that bad people laughable it is but not bad. 3 stars
6/27/00 Terrie Smith I expected a lot more. Script to blame for this one. 3 stars
4/17/00 bpelcher I liked this movie. I think you guys suck 4 stars
4/10/00 Doug {{{OZ}}}; ever read Huck Finn? 1 stars
3/19/00 Kris Reilly Pretty lame plot, because its A SEPARATE CRIME! But I like Ashley Judd. 2 stars
3/17/00 arnold total shit 1 stars
3/01/00 Booyah! Are you people nuts? This was cookie cutter filmmaking at it's total worst. What crap! 1 stars
2/29/00 JussMatt It's obvious Ashley has all the tallent in the family, but movie wasn't close to believable 3 stars
2/15/00 Neil Austin I paid £4 to see this pile of shite, I want my money back. 1 stars
2/02/00 Art Garfunkle's 12" dildo? A tie with all the rest of Tommy Lee Jones' movies for his best performance yet. 5 stars
1/15/00 strike Great comedy, lousy fucking thriller though... 3 stars
12/12/99 Obi Wan This flick is better suited for HBO not theatres! 3 stars
12/07/99 Demure33 I saw it for Ashley & that's all I got. Worth it for that but nothing else. 2 stars
11/25/99 Kevin Cho, movie-buff This movie wasn't THAT bad - It was pretty okay. No complaints. 4 stars
11/21/99 Mr. Invincible Dude. What the hell are you gawking at that crap for! 1 stars
11/09/99 Todd God that fucking sucked!! Can I sue to get back the two hours of my life I just wasted? 1 stars
11/08/99 focus The ad says it's the best movie of the year... yeah, right. Gimme a break here please! 1 stars
11/08/99 Jackie Martin Oh my God! 1 stars
10/29/99 rocketdoc At least Ashley was easy on the eyes. 2 stars
10/28/99 H'Woodbigshot This is Bimzi. Bimzi is two week old Gradule. Gradule comes out your ass. 1 stars
10/27/99 Mr Showbiz Utter and total horseshite. Why do people go to crap like this? 1 stars
10/27/99 pipeman Not great, but better than I had anticipated. 3 stars
10/26/99 DAVE BROKAW Ashley Judd is made for the part- 100% bitch 4 stars
10/25/99 voyant Not fantastic, not bad... just right. 3 stars
10/12/99 Cheryl It really wasn't all that bad. 3 stars
10/11/99 Ben Ryan A dry script, jumping from too many time frames, horrible acting, sleep thru it! 1 stars
10/10/99 Malbert I thought this was pretty good, ashley judd was great 4 stars
10/06/99 sophia962 Tommy Lee -- STOP making The Fugitive. It's over, learn to move on!! 2 stars
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