Succeeds in exposing how small-minded prejudice can be taken to illogical extremes; particularly in conservative communities where the need to identify a scapegoat is all too familiar. While initially compelling as a documentation of the legal system at its most corrupt, the objectification of the victims through unnecessary crime scene footage & the questionable treatment of their parents feels largely exploitative.
"I knew from when I was real small people were gonna know who I was, I always had that feeling... I just never knew how they were gonna learn. I kinf of enjoy it now because after I die, people are gonna remember me forever. People are gonna talk about me for years. People in West Memphis will tell their kids stories... It'll be sorta like I'm the West Memphis boogieman." WTF
Did they do it? This film shows how naive we can be facing justice. Like Grey Gardens, it shows me in little america a little bit about most ocidental cities and the way we handle things. Nice study on made up truth (isn't all truth invented?).
As a late comer to this story this first in the trilogy just doesn't hold up with time. As a documentation of the questionable handling of this case it does its job but as a film it fails to completely come across as anything other than flat. There is a questionable tone to the handling of the victims' families too, which undermines the power of the piece. Worth a watch but a masterpiece it is not.
No menos perturbador que el sádico crimen, es el proceso judicial por el que pasa un grupo de adolescentes. Este documental es logrado a partir de entrometerse en la múltiple interpretación de los hechos. ¿Es acaso una casería de brujas o la hábil persuación de una mente criminale? ¿Son evidencias o simples coincidencias? La película cierra con una especie de malestar. Más de una pregunta queda en el aire.
It's just heartbreaking that these three innocent men (who were just boys at the time of their incarceration) spent almost 20 years in prison for something they didn't do. Just because they are different. Very poignant and eye-opening film.