I saw a really good movie last night that I am surprised I had never even heard of before since it’s about investigative journalism.
“The Life of David Gale” (2003) is about David Gale (Kevin Spacey), a college professor and activist against capital punishment who, ironically, is on death row for raping and murdering one of his colleagues, Contstance (Laura Linney). Four days before he is due to get executed he contacts Bitsey (Kate Winslet), a local reporter, and offers her an exclusive interview with him so she can tell his story so he can be redeemed in the eyes of the public, and especially, his son. Bitsey gets caught up not only in Gale’s story of his life and the events leading to his incarceration, but in the mystery surrounding the murder. A creepy cowboy starts following Bitsey around and then he leaves a video in her motel room showing Constance in her final minutes of life. It starts to seem like Gale was framed for the murder and Bitsey only has three days to prove his innocence. But the story twists a couple of times in some really sick ways. I actually did not see the ending coming at all.
There are also a lot of Biblical undertones to the story setting Gale up as a Jesus figure. Hint: if you catch onto that and keep it in mind, the ending seems logical….
Another plus: cameo from Gilmore Girls’ Sookie (Melissa McCarthy). She has been popping up everywhere!
Anyway, I can’t believe this movie never got any hype! Granted there are some cheesy lines and the camera work is kind of strange, but still it’s a really good mystery on an interesting topic.