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Good Acting - Predictable Ending
on August 22, 2000
Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd are two phenominal actors, and anything that either one of them is in is usually good. Double Jeopardy is merely okay.
Judd plays a woman, named Libby Parsons, who lives a fairly nice life, until one day, her husband goes missing while on a sailing expedition. Libby is found covered in his blood, and he is declared dead, after searches turn up nothing. All evidence points towards her, and she is sent to prison for his murder. While incarcerated, she finds out that he faked his death, and is living abroad with their young child. Upon release, she meets Jones, who plays the caretaker of the halfway house she now lives in. The rest of the movie deals with her trying to find her husband and, more importantly, her son.
Judd and Jones are truly exceptional in the film. The role seemed to be made for Jones, and Ashley Judd did a wonderful job as always, and she was said to have performed all of her own stunts.
The real problem with the film is that it is extremely predictable. This is Hollywood, and about twenty-five minutes into the movie, when her so-called "great awakening" takes place in prison, it is so obvious as to how the film will end. There were some very minor twists throughout the film, but the ending still remained crystal clear.
Overall, the film was okay. Besides the good acting, there were some nice action scenes. Unfortunately, the plot was too predictable, as it tried to uplhold the typical Hollywood standards way too much. If you're a fan of Jones or Judd, you will probably enjoy it from an acting standpoint, but don't expect much else.