Double Jeopardy (1999)
A Film Review
Copyright Dragan Antulov 2005
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According to most legal experts, the concept behind the film – murder becoming legal thanks to “Double Jeopardy” rule - couldn’t hold water in real life. The way the screenwriters treat the law is in many ways similar to way they treat intelligence of the viewers. Plot is the series of contrivances and implausibilities and even those viewers who haven’t seen the trailer (where the entire plot was telegraphed in full detail) won’t have any problems in determining how the story will unfold. It looks like DOUBLE JEOPARDY was initially conceived as some a parody of FUGITIVE. Unfortunately, veteran Australian director Bruce Bereseford treats as a straight-forward thriller, with little care for the predictability of the plot or preposterousness of the action scenes. Main actors also don’t seem to care about the film. This is especially evident in the case of Tommy Lee Jones, who was probably aware that he only repeated the role of determined lawman from FUGITIVE. However, unlike FUGITIVE, there was little chance for Jones to get an Academy Award so he wisely chose not to bother with some great acting. Viewers interested in intelligent or entertaining thrillers are also going to make a wise choice if they skip DOUBLE JEOPARDY.
RATING: 2/10 (-)