To paraphrase, "Murder is hot right now. Murder sells." The series, as a result, is good but by no means a perfect or fully accurate representation of events. It suffers from minor pacing issues, sometimes dragging with the large amount of content surrounding the Avery trial. However, it generally feels well presented and pieced together in a clear, narrative way, designed to provoke thought on its broader themes.
This immoral piece of exploitation goes so far in the manipulation business that it actually makes you loathe the victim's family because the filmmakers are convinced of the protagonist's innocence. Maybe he is innocent. And yes, the judicial system is broke. But should filmmakers be allowed to accuse and absolve, ignoring all court procedures, for entertainment value?
3,5. This "instant classic" is a bit too long for me, and with the ongoing investigations somewhat problematic; sure, it brought up (pretty obvious) problems of the American legal system, but at the same time the social media fandom/amateur p.i. culture is mudding all possibilities of reaching any kind of "truths". It's also pretty tinted. I still prefer the more concise "The Thin Blue Line".
the problem with this documentary becomes evident when you notice that its creators already know the truth and they are not trying to discover it. seems more like vigilante justice than a true investigation. Nevertheless, you can admire the amount of time and work they've put into this piece. But the tone - they were framed - pissed me off, especially when some facts were omitted from the documentary altogether.