Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Movie is “Double Jeopardy” (1999):
I’m always up for a good suspense thriller. And “Double Jeopardy” is one of the best. When I saw “Gone Girl”, it reminded me so much of “Double Jeopardy” I went and re-saw “Double Jeopardy” again. As you can see, if I like a movie a lot, often I will re-see the movie again. And again. And again. Those are usually the kinds of movies i spotlight here on Uncle Bardie’s.
I love a good opening for a film. When I get that, I am assured I am in the hands of a professional filmmaker. Bruce Beresford is that kind of director. Before he directed “Double Jeopardy”, he made “Breaker Morant”, “Crimes of the Heart”, and “Mister Johnson” among others.
There in that opening scene is Libby (Ashley Judd) with her son, fishing. She says to her son, “One day I am going to teach you how to sail.” Then she says, “But maybe I won’t. One day you’ll meet a beautiful girl. You’ll get married. Then who will I sail with?” Her son says, “Daddy.” She responds, “Fat chance.”
In that opening scene is the movie. The viewer has been warned that there is a marriage in trouble. How much trouble we are about to find out.
Before the movie is done, Libby will be sent through the wringer. Only Tommy Lee Jones will come to believe her. And before the movie is over, the viewer will see two superb performances. From the moment you start the journey of “Double Jeopardy”, you are in a for a roller coaster ride.