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West of Memphis (2012)


Director: Amy Berg

Writer: Amy Berg, Billy McMillin


Plot: An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.


Verdict: Will we ever get the truth?


Story: We follow the case of the West Memphis Three and how the case showed they were guilty. We then start to look at how things were not as they seemed and that the three were in fact innocent, we meet the people involved in the case and mixed together with real footage. We see how a massive group of people built a support group to prove that the boys were innocent. We also look at how new evidence that continually got dismissed and the case missed key evidence that would have looked at other suspects. We are left to see how this case is still talked about today.

After watching ‘The Devil’s Knot’ I was suggested this film by ‘White on Film’ as it shows more to the story. What this manages to do is show how the case was so poorly put together we do get to see how many people’s lives were affected by the outcome of the case. The mix of interviews with the people involved and real footage works really well to help us turn into supporters of the truth. Sadly we still don’t get the truth due to the poorly run law system in Arkansas. This is put together really well to help the story be told and it is one that should be heard by everyone. (9/10)


Director Review: Amy Berg – Amy does a great job mixing the interviews and achieves footage to tell the story that managed to shock a nation. (9/10)


Documentary: As the story has never been solved it is brilliantly put together to show how the whole case was put together so badly. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch as it gives us the audience a chance to see more about the case that people needed to see. (Watch)


Believability: This is a mix between the real footage and interviews that tells the true story of a mishandled case. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for a BAFTA

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 27 Minutes


Overall: A Must Watch Documentary


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