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I was entertained watching this film.It's not too complex and is well structured without an over-abundance of detail which meant that there were one or two plot-holes.
But that didn't spoil the film for me.

If you're a Jones fan you can forgive some of the inconsistencies that unravel as the improbable story unfolds.
The actors keep things moving at a good pace and should be congratulated for their believable performances.
Recommended for lightweight viewing when your brain needs a rest not insulted with inane car crashes,shoot outs and cgi's.
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This film has one of the strongest premises you will ever find in a thriller: no-one can be tried for the same crime twice. Just in case you missed it, it is explained three times during the film, as well as in the title. To make this work, Ashley Judd goes through a sort of fusion of The Count of Monte Cristo with the Fugitive. To hammer-home the Fugitive credentials, Tommy Lee Jones works a triple shift as parole officer, ex-law professor, and implicit love interest. The set pieces are nowhere near as good as the Fugitive, but the claustrophobic horror of (spoiler) being buried alive triggers a climactic final act which is several levels better than what came before it.

Ultimately, this is a film everyone needs to have watched, but you probably won't bother to watch it twice. It was on my list for about five years before I finally got round to it. It's definitely worth watching, but, somehow, the film as delivered doesn't quite make the most of the premise, though it's a nice enough ride.

Judd, as a female version of Harrison Ford, never quite achieves the same level of world-weary resignation, nor does she get trapped in her own altruism. This is perhaps because she has too many goals in sight — revenge, getting her child back, staying out of jail.

Verdict: definitely worth a watch, but more could have been done.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 March 2014
Libby Parsons (Judd) is a loving mother & wife to her successful, wealthy husband Nick (Bruce Greenwood) in what appears to be a very picturesque life & relationship. That is until they go on a yacht trip & Libby wakes up finding herself covered in blood & holding a supposed murder weapon as the coast guard find her distraught & alone. With evidence stacked against her she is convicted of the murder of her husband, and her life is turned upside down as she loses her freedom & cruelest of all her son. However not everything is quite as it seems.

The clever ability of getting us attached to it's smart & sexy lead character in the shape of Ashley Judd's parolee, Libby, is it's greatest strength. Her journey from spoilt, naive wife, to wrongly imprisoned mother, oddly endears us to her thanks in part to the villain of the piece, Bruce Greenwood. This combination allows us to have an unlikely hero as the focal character throughout to follow, root for & see grow over the course of the film during her struggle of revenge to get justice against the slimy baddie & feeling her heartfelt agony of getting her son back.

Alongside her is another ace in the hole, the sarcastic & cranky Tommy Lee Jones as Judd's Parole officer, Travis, who is right at home snapping at her heels when she breaks his rules & skidaddles. Not too much of a stretch for Tommy Lee you might think, as he is essentially playing an adapted character from his successful turn in the The Fugitive, but none the less he needs to deliver & indeed plays to equal aplomb here. The pair have a good rapport when together under varied circumstances & both equally carry the film along when apart. It's suspense filled journey fraught with emotional highs & lows, with twists a plenty along with some nice action/confrontation set pieces keep the film moving at an enjoyable pace, as it neatly reveals what's going to happen & getting there is still a very fun experience. Enough so, that you can happily overlook the cliche Hollywood ending & some questionable plot elements.

In conclusion, Double Jeopardy does a great slight of hand, diverting your attention from it's weaker elements thanks to a very exciting execution that somehow always manages to entertain over multiple viewings. If you liked The Fugitive, you will like this a lot. Contains strong language & violence. Highly recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 June 2012
This is a twisting affair in which wrongly imprisoned Ashley Judd does her time before plotting revenge on the husband who faked his own death, framing her in the process. Ashley is entirely watchable and is ably assisted by Tommy Lee Jones (who seemed to have a bit of typecasting going on for a while)as the parole officer who tracks her down as she closes in on her ex! This is a competent and well paced thriller which doesn't require action set pieces as watching Ashley get her revenge is explosive enough for me.
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on 30 January 2016
Watched this film a few times and enjoy the plot and Tommy Lee Jones, I do find Ashley Judd a bit annoying in this one, I think her whining voice in this grates on me a little, but a good thriller not a bad movie.
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VINE VOICEon 19 November 2003
Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones give fine performances in this almost 5 star thriller. Ashley Judd is framed for her husband's faked murder and when she gets out of prison she determines on revenge. She knows she can kill her husband without fear of reprisal due to the 'double jeopardy' law which means she can't be tried for the same crime twice. This intriguing plot line makes the film predictable but there are plenty of thrills and spills to keep up the suspense, and Ashley Judd is always pleasant to look at. Tommy Lee Jones is under rated in my opinion as I have rarely seen him give less than a top-notch performance. His naturalistic 'hard man' characterisation balances Ashley Judd's more delicate performance and the budding romance between the two leads is nicely developed. I like the way Ashley Judd is able to play gritty roles without losing a scrap of appealing femininity - her soft but determined features help.
This is a pleasant, escapist movie which lays on the drama and pathos with a trowel but doesn't lose the plot along the way.
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on 7 January 2015
Is it ever the case that a director casts a star or two in a movie because he knows that the general public already has a predisposition to see such stars as certain kinds of characters? Isn't Ashley Judd "resourceful woman," and isn't Tommy Lee Jones "cop whose tenacity belies his intelligence and sensitivity"? If actors come with such reputations, then a director can cast them in movies that are grossly underwritten and count on them to make the movie interesting or at least profitable. Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd are good actors and they have some range -- but the writing of "Double Jeopardy" gives them nothing to work with and they become in effect just cogwheels in an elaborate and clever plot. If you like clever thriller plots, with chases, shootings, cars in water, and New Orleans settings, then you'll like this movie better than I did. For me, it seemed liked an abstract exercise in thriller-filming, for the characters have no solidity at all. In avoiding plot detail to avoid spoilers, I'm also avoiding complaining about about scenes that defy plausibility -- noting that I can accept the larger implausibility of thriller plots if I get something humanly interesting to hold on to. Here I don't get that.

Bruce Beresford has made some good movies -- "Breaker Morant" and "Tender Mercies" to name two very different ones. Judd and Jones have done good work in other movies, and they are not at fault for the weakness of this one. It's not quite as cynical an exercise as "Taken," another movie in which a fine actor (Liam Neeson) is given a nothing role, but I'm sorry -- it just didn't work for me.
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Nick Parsons (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Elizabeth (Libby; Ashley Judd) seem to have an idyllic existence living with their son Matty (Benjamin Weir). They set off for a weekend's sailing on a friend's yacht, leaving Matty in the care of Libby's friend Angela Green (Annabeth Gish). At night, when Libby is asleep, Nick disappears and there is much blood around the cabin. Libby is arrested, tried and found guilty of her husband's murder. Scroll forward six years and Libby confesses to the murder so that she can get parole, the main purpose of which of course is to find her son. Her parole officer, Travis Lehman (Tommy Lee Jones) makes this difficult for her with the restrictions he places on her movements. Matty is in the care of Angela, who is now living with Nick, alias Simon Ryder. Libby shakes off Lehman and tracks down Angela only to find that she has been killed in a gas explosion at her home. Libby eventually catches up with Nick, now alias Jonathan Devereux, living in New Orleans at much the same time as Lehman catches up with her.
This was a gripping and ultimately satisfying movie, convincingly acted by all concerned. The movie was directed by Bruce Beresford.
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on 20 October 2011
Loved this film first time round and watching it again years later. Good story and twist.Tommy Lee Jones very good in him part.
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on 24 June 2011
This is storytelling of a high standard, with none of the old-fashioned gimmicks which were a charateristic of Alfred Hitchcock. One is kept guessing up to to the last minute as to whether the bad-guy is going to get his come-uppance or not. The photography - in the US northwest and in New Orleans - is visually stunning. Tommy Lee Jones' character reprises his role in "The Fugutive" - but he's even more callous & cynical this time around.
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