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Movie Details

Title:   West of Memphis
Director:   Amy Berg
Year:   2012
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   04.27.15

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Prophet's Prey

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
04.27.15Netflix I many ways this was an encapsulation of Berlinger/Sinofsky's trio of docs but I was surprised to find a couple tidbits here and there that weren't presented in the other series like the extent of Peter Jackson's involvement and a few other entertainers like Henry Rollins and Johnny Depp. While I never got bored while watching this and feel like ultimately it's a worthwhile addition to the case as a whole, I did feel like this was an outside view of the whole thing. I don't know that I would recommend it over the other docs to newcomers of the case. Another perspective is always refreshing though and it's certainly more succinct at 150 minutes rather than the five to seven hours of the HBO docs (less Metallica music as well), but really this, because it was edited and released after the West Memphis Three were released, is ultimately a story told from some distance. It can't compete with the immersion and mix of emotion that the HBO trilogy brings.

So... I dunno. I liked it ok as a summation of the other films, but definitely liked the other ones more. I was happy to get a little more follow-up with the kids once they are released though. I could use a fourth installment from Berlinger and Sinofsky once a real killer is caught. Not that anyone's looking.
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