Life of David Gale
(an extra star was given for the multiple sex scenes w/Spacey
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, Kate Winslet, Gabriel
Mann, Rhona Mitra, Matt Craven and Leon Rippy
Directed by: Alan Parker
Kevin Spacey Interviewed HERE
of David Gale is a wonderfully intelligent roller coaster
of political twists and thrilling turns that is as powerful as
it is clever. It's not just the impeccable performances by the
likes of Laura Linney, Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey that rivet
you to the theater seat, but also the screenplay that firmly manages
to entertain without getting up on a soapbox about its subject,
the death penalty. No, The Life of David Gale is ultimately
simply about the people you're introduced to, not its political
veneer. Trust me.
David Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a regular Joe. Well, he's
also a bit brilliant and has a nice charisma about him, but he's
just a well-spoken professor at a college. He is however very
irregular off campus. His passion lies in saving people from death
row. Gale's adamantly opposed to putting citizens to death for
their crimes. In fact he frequently comes to fisticuffs in fluid
verbal sparing matches with the state's governor on behalf of
the anti-death organization to which he belongs, Death Watch.
for David he's plum situated himself in the human slaughtering
capitol of America
. Texas. He knows he's been given the
gift of presence and he is all for using this talent for the cause.
He loves to debate with Texas' less than consoling politicians.
Needless to say, they are none too crazy about him.
even more passionate about the wrong facing death row inmates
is David's best friend, Constance (Laura Linney). And as we'll
learn, it's this common drive in the pair that ultimately unites
them more intimately than one could have ever fathomed.
Gale's life starts to unravel, the way things sometimes domino
in life. Gale is first accused of raping a student, then his wife
leaves with his beloved son, then he is dismissed from his post
as professor and finally the Death Watch foundation feels David's
accused crime is tarnishing their image and they also give him
the dirty side of a cowboy's boot. It's a tough month for the
guy, and it is Constance that stands by his side.
starts to drink - heavy - and falls into the abyss of dispair
entrusts the branded Gale, takes him in and remains a true friend
even with all his faults.
Then she ends up brutally raped and murdered herself and David
is sentenced to die for her death.
a man so against the death penalty should himself end up on cannery
row huh? Hmm. Gale is just days away from his own death
at the hands of his government when we meet him.
has granted top investigative reporter, Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet)
an exclusive "last" interview. The once proud man and
father starts to unthread his story and unravel what Bitsey starts
to believe may be a deep rooted conspiracy against the man. She
agrees it's a bit melodramatic to find the state's number one
opposer of the death penalty presently next in line to die...
You getting the idea? This is original Altoid Mint©
Laura Linney as the driven Constance virtually steals
her scenes from uber-talent (and manly man) Kevin Spacey. Laura
is just remarkable - as always. But here, she truly disappears
and "Constance" has your heart from the very first frame
she graces. I think it's her best performance to date. Hopefully
she'll go the route of Julianne Moore and she'll be in eight movies
in a year - I know I wont mind.
Winslet is a fave of mine. I adore her choices. I own
just about everything she's done - yes even Holy Smoke
(there's one on every great's resume). Here Kate nails the ambiguous
journalist that starts to unwrap our lovely gift from the story.
She's a feisty (hate that word but it's apropos here) chickbabe
that also learns a valuable lesson about car maintenance. No.
She learns things are not always what you think-or are thought
there's that wonderful fella Kevin
Spacey as resolved David Gale. Dear god is Spacey the
finest walking actor around or what? Yeah, yeah, I'm smitten squared
but he again tops, no let me reword that, layers himself.
The range Kevschnitzelbooboo must personify in Gale is immense
and intense. And on his gorgeous adorably broad shoulders rests
the crux of the story. Natch, Kev's use to it and unfolds his
hand like the poker-faced virtuoso he is. Purrfection.
also a muffin of studom alert on an oddly placed character, Zack.
Zack is played by a yummy treat of talent named Gabriel "Gabe"
Mann. Keep your eyes out for this one
had a wee problem with some of the blatant foreshadowing
it certainly didn't effect the affect of the film. The ride is
glorious and all involved from the set design, to the cinematography,
to the subtle soundtrack (reviewed
here) manipulated your senses without whacking you
upside the head. The team left you walking out of the theater
in a genuine awe. Bravo to director Alan Parker for keeping us
on-the-edge through out
the way a thriller should.
recommendation: Pancakes with strawberries, whip cream, and