Douglas S. Cook
thriller done the good old-fashioned way by Australian Bruce Beresford.
Whether or not the 'good old-fashioned' tag makes the end result good or
will depend on your conviction, but Double Jeopardy makes it
clear fairly early on that it is less concerned with motivation and
authenticity than it is with the level of suspense. The film presents a clearly constructed plot and crowds it with characters who rather consistently make choices
for the better of the film's progress rather than for their own best. If anything
else, this lowers our expectations and sends out a signal of a film that
intellectually ambitious. And it works quite well in terms of suspense,
if you let it. Ashley Judd's acting is light and unscrutinising, whereas
Tommy Lee Jones provides us a recognisable and comfortable equilibrium.
An effectively saccharine payoff and a couple of Hitchcockesque segments
at a cemetery stand out.