February 21, 2016
Live Like There Are No Second Chances: Double Jeopardy (1999)
In the movie Double Jeopardy (1999), Elizabeth "Libby" Parsons (Ashley Judd) faces some pretty big decisions that can ultimately impact the rest of her life and the life of their son, Matty (Benjamin Weir) as she attempted to regain his full-time custody after being falsely imprisoned for her husband Nick's (Bruce Greenwood) fake murder. Libby was framed by the man that she loved and wanted to spend the rest of her life with and when she couldn't convince the jury that she didn't kill her husband she went to jail for it, no thanks to her incompetent lawyer. While in prison, Libby not only learned that Nick was still alive but also that there is a thing called "double jeopardy," which basically states that no one can be charged for the exact same crime twice. Libby wanted revenge, sure, but more importantly she wanted to be with her son. After being paroled, however, Libby never lost her priorities, even when being confronted by Nick, who wanted to eliminate her from the picture permanently. In the end, despite everything that Nick had put her through, Libby never lost her perspective and maintained her goal of getting her son back in her safe hands. And while some, like her ex fellow inmate, would have contended that she could have pursued Nick with ill-intent, Libby knew that ultimately doing so wasn't worth it. She wanted to move on with her son and her second chance.
Although this movie is an entertaining crime-thriller, it is also a great reminder to us all that we shouldn't waste our chances in life. Like Libby, even when faced with terribly difficult decisions, we should all be mindful that we may not get another shot to do things differently, which is often the case. Sometimes we do get second chances, sometimes we don't, but why waste a shot when given one? So, go forth, set your priorities, and live like there are no second chances, making the best possible decisions you can the first time out. Because as we all find out at some point, time is too precious to waste. Good luck!