The Life of David Gale Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet

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David Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a man on death row for the rape and murder of his friend, and fellow death row abolitionist, Constance Harraway (Laura Linney). During his last three days to live, Gale invites journalist Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) to hear his side of the story in hopes of preserving his memory for his son. It is through a series of flashbacks (cut to through a vivid montage sequence using lightning quick flashes of script), and pieces of video that we learn of Gale's story.
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Bloom states that “there is no such thing as truth, only perspective”. This line forms the backbone in a movie that employs point of view to tell a unique story. The only truly omniscient perspective in The Life of David Gale is the missing videotape. We witness everything through Bloom's understanding of events as told to her by David Gale; it is only when pieces of videotape are found that we get a different perspective on Gale's story. Occasionally portions of the tape are discovered which lead to a new, not yet full, understanding of the truth.

Kevin Spacey as always delivers a dead on performance in his everyman persona. He has the unique ability to display a rainbow of emotions with one smirk, which is invaluable to portray a character facing such heinously ironic circumstances.

He intelligently questions Capital Punishment without snobbishly rubbing our face in holier-than-thou ideals.   

The review of this Movie prepared by Christopher Bryan

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   death penalty!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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