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Bitsey soon realizes that an assignment is more than she bargained for, and that a man's life is in her hands. Putting her own safety in jeopardy, she frantically races to piece together the shocking events surrounding Constance's death, before it's too late.
PROFANITY: 14 F-words, 9 S-words, 7 GD's, a handful of others. SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sex scenes with nudity ;some non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: A brief but graphic glimpse of suffocation. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None COMEDY: None
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Review Average "The Life of David Gale is a self-righteous mishmash
that can't decide whether to be a tribute to the fanatical leftist passion that
thrives in college towns, an indictment of that very same fanaticism, or a
ghoulishly didactic snuff-video thriller. To its credit, the film roots its case
in the compelling, and timely, argument that an unacknowledged percentage of
death-row inmates are, in fact, innocent.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart
and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running
length. It doesn't hurt that it ponders the same questions that many people
privately consider concerning the Death Penalty – and that it doesn't insult
us by pretending to have a better answer than the one each of us has privately
Review Terrible "Spacey and Parker are honorable men. Why did they go to
Texas and make this silly movie? The last shot made me want to throw something
at the screen--maybe Spacey and Parker. ''
Review Average "The simple lesson imparted here is that capital punishment
is wrong: Innocent people can be executed. But the movie is far more compelling
when it's in thriller mode than when it attempts to be a morality play.''
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Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This drama/mystery should get the suspenseful job done for adult
moviegoers, particularly fans of the stars. However, some graphic
content could put off more squeamish viewers, but those able to sit
through it should be reasonably entertained, not to mention surprised, by the film.
David Gale (Spacey) is a man who has tried hard to live by his principles but in a bizarre twist of fate, this devoted father, popular professor and respected death penalty opponent finds himself on Death Row for the rape and murder of fellow activist Constance Harraway (Linney). With only three days before his scheduled execution, Gale agrees to give reporter Elizabeth (Bitsey) Bloom (Winslet) the exclusive interview she's been chasing. But Bitsey soon realizes that his assignment is more than she bargained for, and that a man's life is in her hands. Putting her own safety in jeopardy, she frantically races to piece together the shocking events surrounding Constance's death, before it's too late.