The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Connecticut.
When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system. Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
This is one of the only films I've seen which tackles the widespread problem of false-rape accusations, showing just how easily such accusations can be made, the often trivial reasons behind them and the ruins of lives that can be left behind when they are made. Few people know or want to know just how commonplace such accusations are made, and how many men have had their lives destroyed on the whims of a bored, angry, or mentally unstable person. Most people would rather continue to believe such things never happen, and that 'a woman wouldn't make up something like that'. But, as one of the characters in the film says, "When it comes to rape, an accusation's as good as a conviction: it sticks like sh*t".
I wasn't expecting any of that going in, so was fascinated & moved at the attention and compassion given to mens lives and humanity in this film. I knew, of course, that a twist was coming, and I dreaded that the only twist it could be was that the Spacey character was going to be 'guilty' (in some way) after all. I saw this rumbling over the horizon right from the first 5 minutes but hoped it would turn out to be something more original, instead of another Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge.
And in fact it was, and the way it makes sense of what has gone before gives one much to ponder on afterwards, about convictions and morality and self-sacrifice. It works because you realise the film is about something other than you thought it was only at the very end.
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