Double Jeopardy…I have my movies. My go-to movies. The ones I watch every time I need a pick me up and/or they show up on to. Sometimes I seek them out because that’s just how much I like them. This is one of those movies.
Libby is a happily married wife and mom. She has it all. Wonderful husband, beautiful son, great friends, and a life to be envied by many. Her wealthy husband surprises her and takes her on a weekend sailboat trip – just the two of them. She wakes up one morning to blood all over her and the boat. It was everywhere. Her husband was gone. She found a bloody knife on deck, but he was nowhere to be seen.
To cut to the chase, she was charged and convicted of his murder. After spending six years in prison, she was finally paroled after befriending two other women who did murder their husbands.
While in prison she finds out that her best friend, who she had asked to adopt her son while she was imprisoned, had run off and created a life with her still alive husband. The puzzle starts to fit together.
This brings out a side in her that even she didn’t know existed. She begins working out, getting into the best shape of her life. One day while running in a pouring rainstorm her friend says “I’ve never seen anything like it. What’s driving you is pure hate!”
One of her best friends in prison happened to be a lawyer “once upon a time”. She trains Libby on the exact words to say in order to convince the parole board that she has been reformed. It works, and she is out.
She tracks her ex-husband and ex best friend down to New Orleans and goes through a living hell trying to find her son. Even as far as being trapped in a casket in a cemetery with a dead body, thanks to the hands of her husband. But she tries everything.
All to get to her son.
This movie shows true grit. Once realizing she had been framed, a fire ignites inside her. It drives anything and everything she would every need to get out of prison and find her son.
What drives you? Is it love? Hate? Passion? Fear? The truth is we are all driven by hidden truths, none of which are necessarily wrong. It’s the reason behind the drive that matters.
This movie teaches us that we can find friendship in the most unlikely places. The two women that Libby told in the beginning of the movie to back off and leave her alone ended up being her biggest allies and true friends. We are all people. We are all human. We all have made mistakes. It’s what we do with these experiences that forms us into who we were meant to be.
How do you think the movie ends? You could probably figure it out. But then, maybe you can’t. Life is full of surprises both good and bad. And so are movies.
Just remember, just as Libby dealt with whatever life threw at her she stood strong and never gave up. We can do the same. We are all strong. It just depends on how we want to show up for life.
Streamed from Netflix,