Reviewed byWarren JohnstoneVote: 8/10/10
Kevin Spacey stars as David Gale, a life long campaigner against thedeath penalty finds himself on death row after being found guilty ofthe rape and murder of a fellow anti-execution campaigner. Kate Winsletis the reporter who interviews Gale during his last three days and sheis convinced of his guilt and need to be executed, but as sheinterviews Gale she begins to question his guilt.
This was a great story very well told without deteriorating into a'execution is wrong' lecture. And as usual, Kevin Spacey's performanceis fantastic. Because of the twists and the amount of after-thought itprovoked, I give 'The Life of David Gale' 8/10.
Reviewed byRogue-32Vote: 8/10/10
If you're a fan of Kevin Spacey's, you will not be let down by "The LifeofDavid Gale." Do not read reviews. Do not watch stuff about it ontelevision. Just go see it and experience it for yourself. It's not aperfect film by any stretch (as many, MANY critics have been pointingout),but it does grab you and it does deliver.
Reviewed byJT LancerVote: 8/10/10
This is one of the only films I've seen which tackles the widespreadproblem of false-rape accusations, showing just how easily suchaccusations can be made, the often trivial reasons behind them and theruins of lives that can be left behind when they are made. Few peopleknow or want to know just how commonplace such accusations are made,and how many men have had their lives destroyed on the whims of abored, angry, or mentally unstable person. Most people would rathercontinue to believe such things never happen, and that 'a womanwouldn't make up something like that'. But, as one of the characters inthe film says, "When it comes to rape, an accusation's as good as aconviction: it sticks like sh*t".
I wasn't expecting any of that going in, so was fascinated & moved atthe attention and compassion given to mens lives and humanity in thisfilm. I knew, of course, that a twist was coming, and I dreaded thatthe only twist it could be was that the Spacey character was going tobe 'guilty' (in some way) after all. I saw this rumbling over thehorizon right from the first 5 minutes but hoped it would turn out tobe something more original, instead of another Basic Instinct or JaggedEdge.
And in fact it was, and the way it makes sense of what has gone beforegives one much to ponder on afterwards, about convictions and moralityand self-sacrifice. It works because you realise the film is aboutsomething other than you thought it was only at the very end.
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.