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June 17, 2006

The Life of David Gale - 6

This film is an interesting mystery concerning an activist on death row. After a fellow activist is found dead all the evidence points to David Gale. The story is told by David to a reporter days before his execution is to take place. The film is an argument against the death penalty which makes predicting the twists and turns somewhat simpler (it also takes advantage of audience assumptions to try to throw them off the trail, which could be considered a fault in filmmaking, I think that it is good at showing whether the audience is paying attention). Overall, an intriguing story. By the end of the film it becomes clear that the storytelling technique is very intentional- the plot depends on the technique. The acting is really well done: Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, and Kate Winslet.

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