Movie review: Judd no dud in 'Double Jeopardy'
By Paul Kendall
Ashley Judd has movie goers asking themselves (again), "Is she really related to those country singers?" Tommy Lee Jones (Travis Lehman) and Judd (Libby Parsons) star in the the thriller Double Jeopardy.
The movie is centered around Libby Parsons' quest for revenge and for her son. Libby is convicted of killing her husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood), after an apparent murder at sea. Before going to prison for the murder of her husband, Libby asks close friend Angie (Annabeth Gish) to adopt her son Matty (Benjamin Weir).
Unknown to Libby is the fact that her husband has been a little too friendly with Angie and has faked his murder. The $2 million insurance policy for Nick's life is given to son Matty, who conveniently lives with Angie and his dead-dad (literally), Nick.
While in prison Libby learns that Nick is still alive and living with Angie and Matty. One of Libby's prison pals informs her about a legal loophole that would allow her to kill Nick without the threat of being convicted of the same crime twice, hence Double Jeopardy.
Libby is obsessed with the Rocky IV workout scene and works off those final pounds in order to properly avenge herself. After a quick six years (a few seconds) Libby is paroled. Travis Lehman (an aging Tommy Lee Jones) is Libby's alcoholic parole officer, who happens to be a retired law professor.
Travis does not let his parolees get away with much, and it doesn't take Libby long to become a fugitive on the run. Libby's search for her husband and son take her across the country with Travis hot on her tail. A few intense action scenes lead them to New Orleans, where the movie ends in a climactic finish.
There are few unexpected surprises that help keep the film suspenseful and entertaining. If you're a Judd or Jones fan, the film is worth watching. If you are looking to see another Fugitive, stick with the original. Judd makes the movie. Between you and me, I think she is adopted.
Movies 5, Logan
Archived Months:September 1998