Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.
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So much more than another example of true crime storytelling catching the binge-watch zeitgeist. This is a film about a single court case, yes, but also about corruption, the media, middle America, class, unimaginable perseverance and even the whole criminal justice system. With such a compelling story, it's easy to overlook the exemplary filmmaking on display.
Quite a ride. I watched this within a few days, and it may well be the best new series of 2015, and got me into legal docus/dramas once again. At times quite depressing when it was dealing with the younger Brendan =(
There's no denying that Netflix has become the entertainment monolith of our living rooms - but it'll be difficult to hold a grudge as long as they keep producing content as compelling as "Murderer." As compulsively watchable as it is heartbreaking, this documentary has much to say about American culture but its central thesis may be neatly stated by Steven Avery himself near episode three: "Poor people lose."
Raw, cinematic, and never over reliant on interviews, graphics, or narration. The question of innocence is beside the point. This serves to underline a truth about America's justice system most of us already feel—if you're poor, you're guilty until proven innocent. Watched back to back with last year's "The Jinx", the contrast in how the system treats both respective subjects, rich and poor, is infuriatingly stark.
Wellllllll, after reading a bit more on the case I'm quite convinced Steven Avery did indeed murder Teresa Halbach. Compelling storytelling nonetheless even though quite biased, which I think is a major flaw when it comes to a documentary.
Certainly gripping, but I can't help but feel that agenda overcame what I consider documentary integrity when addressing what didn't look good for Avery. Feels manipulative and shows lack of faith in audience. Audience responses to the show seem to indicate the worst impact of this type of rabble rousing, with so many choosing to divide the world into cartoonish depictions of good & evil. As usual, enemy is systems.
An astonishing exposé of the failure of the criminal justice system to administer justice. Compulsive, disturbing and soul-wrenching. What hope can there be when the simple belief that someone is guilty negates the need to consider the evidence.
binge-watched it in 2 days and it left me so angry with knots in my stomach. I then read quite a lot on the internet about it.. now, more than a week later I still think about it. on one hand, I want more of those amazing episodes, real live crime feels so different from fictional stuff, on the other hand, I want to know more about the case and what S. Avery is thinking now.