A follow-up to the 1995 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. The program revisits the controversial case of three Arkansas teenagers convicted in 1994 of murdering three 8-year-old boys.
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When you thought Paradise Lost 1 was already a lesson on journalistic-documentary making, this second one shows how weak manichaeism thinking can be. Without any certain answers, Paradise Lost is sure to be one os HBO's top docs.
It is sad to know that the other victim's parents refused to say anything anymore. It manifests their exhaustion with mass coverage, their doubt upon themselves and confusion on what/who to believe in as in they simply submit that any contributions would not make any difference. It is sad to see people simply give in and retreat to silence.
Don't have much to add to many other comments here, it's a shame that the filmmakers end up making a documentary into a witch hunt, which is exactly what they condemn throughout the whole thing about the boys' trial. Especially considering how drugged up Byers is and his medical record - a brain tumor - it's not really fair to try to say that many things that he says then contradicts indicate he's the murderer.
An abomination compared to the first documentary. I hate to bag on these guys because their efforts to continue to find funding to make these, follow and film the boys along with getting the word out to support them is as noble and inspiring as it gets. But to shine a mirror on the witch hunt of these boys and do the same to Mark David Byers is pathetic. Lazy filmmaking that whiffed on a great opportunity.
A shame and quite disturbing that the filmmakers fall into the same trap the original police investigation/trial did in the first film i.e. accusing an innocent odd-ball of committing the crimes. The innocent Mark Byers is tried and convicted not by the flawed, conservative judicial system of the original film but by the liberal filmmakers themselves. Desperately in need of some objectivity.
The first one is an _exceptional_ piece of documentary, relying on coverage from the court room and interviews from everybody paricipating and the extremely haunting Metallica soundtrack. The second one is sadly much more restricted, being denied the first two elements. In hindsight this movie sadly boils down into a witch hunt trying to pin it on the obvious suspect, Byers.