The directors could have better examined the authorities' crass, even criminal, incompetence and provided more information about the victim, Meredith Kercher. This one-sided documentary is part of the problem: deficient in several areas and blatantly partial (the direct involvement of Knox is inexcusable), "Amanda Knox" is not as terrible as Winterbottom's re-imagining, The Face of an Angel, but equally compromised.
In the end only the victim and killer(s?) know what really happened. The Knox case which was an international sensation is examined here with first person detail yet the interpretation of the truth remains elusive. The focus on 'trial by media', bungled investigation, and slut shaming offer insight but not resolution. Well edited and constructed by the filmmakers.
Equal parts Errol Morris direct-address parade and standard exposé (at least more PBS than primetime), the film goes a little deeper than most by quite directly asking us (through its very approach and because Amanda Knox literally asks us) what we can hope to divine about the turth, or even what is going on inside a person, simply by querying the returned gaze. At its best, it's about the perils of unknowability.
Like 'Making a Murderer', the documentary presents the case with a certain approach, whether objective or biased, making it open to conjecture. Ambiguity with such a high profile case is inevitable, the case is more about its procedure - what leads to a prosecution, its guilty and acquitted verdicts. The mishandling of evidence, corrupt interrogative techniques reign and how Nick Pisa epitomizes gutter journalism.
i dont care if its a good documentary or not but idk if many people notice the weight of slutshaming in this and how it affected the case. it was revolving to hear the prosecutor mentioning how he was sure amanda killed meredith just because meredith had morals and amanda was a slut
Compelling until the end and gorgeously shot but ultimately does not go deep into either of the core issues (media coverage, the policework, the personalities or even the actual case). Main takeaway: Beware of prosecutors who have watched too much CSI and too little Sherlock.