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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If this was an "anti-death penalty" film then the filmmakers failed miserably. The characters who "prove" the inherent fallacy of the death penalty are portrayed as unscrupulous liars who conspire and manipulate the legal system by means of a staged rape/murder and a snuff tape of their friend committing suicide. In addition, the negative stereotypes in the film are abundant: The "activists" come across as over-zealous fanatics (and one martyr), the supporters of the death penalty are only portrayed as Bible-quoting rednecks, the politicians, lawyers and judges are self-serving liars that could have come out of a made-for-TV movie, etc. There is also a cowboy/left-wing extremist who lives in a dilapidated shack where he listens to opera and acts out the elaborate plans of the aforementioned conspirators. And, of course, the selfless martyrs who so cleverly beat the system to prove their valiant political cause decided to swindle half a millions dollars from a news magazine. Hmmmmm...
I don't know who made this dubious piece of junk, but my overwhelming intuition is that the director must have been one nasty, mean-spirited, nihilistic individual.
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