The Life of David Gale
- 2 hr 10 min
This movie is a tragic and thought provoking story of accused-murderer David Gale and the events that led to his being on death row. The film is primarily done with a series of flashbacks to events and situations leading to Gale's downfall and subsequent incarceration. A journalist, Bitsy Bloom, is beckoned to Gale's prison cell on death row by Gale himself, and is given the story to be told- likely after his execution. This movie demonstrates the power of perception and assumption- as little is as it would seem. This holds true until the nail-biting and tragically unjust conclusion that will make viewers rethink everything that they believe to be true and factual. Kevin Spacey is compelling and believable as convicted murderer and former professor, David Gale, whose only crime may be trusting in those around him. Kate Winslet gives a powerful performance as the driven journalist whose mission becomes the freedom of an innocent man persecuted by public opinion. There is an underbelly of motive here, by who remains the burning question until the bitter conclusion. There are shady characters who want Gale convicted, and those he considers friends may or may not have his well-being in mind. This movie is a drama, but evolves into a bit of a thriller toward the final scenes when Bloom hurries to share newly discovered information that could free Gale from his imminent execution. As the story unfolds, questions are answered though some remain unresolved for the viewer to contemplate later. This is one that you must pay attention to, as the flashbacks can confuse if not put into chronological context as you watch. The performances are stellar; the movie is riveting. This movie may shake what viewers consider reality, in its circumvention of the obvious truth into nothing more than a figment of the imagination. Excellent cast, intriguing story, pulse-quickening action- this all adds up to one of 2003's most talked about releases.