The Life of David Gale
- Director: Alan Parker
- Cert: 15PG
- Details: US / 132 minutes / .
Although Alan Parker rarely makes films that fail to work on some level, he finally crosses that line with the sermonising hysterics of The Life of David Gale. His heart might be in the right place, but his heavy-handed, bullish treatment of the subject is galling and it appears that he doesn't have enough faith in the intelligence of his audience to form their own opinions on the topic - least, I suppose, it differs from his own. In terms of performances, Spacey chews up the screen in what is becoming an all-too-familiar type of role for him, one dripping with self-satisfaction. For the most part, Winslet doesn't have a whole lot to do, bar sit there and look interested in Gale's life story. When the screenplay eventually grants her centre stage, the film's power to work on an emotional level has been lost in a sea of righteous bluster. The good news? Linney's understated performance makes things watchable - just about.
Review by Garreth Murphy | 09:00 | Wednesday 12th March 2003 | Movie Review
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