For 18 years, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have followed the case of the “West Memphis 3” who remain in prison for murders despite strong evidence pointing to their innocence. This new film revisists the case and presents surprising new information.
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Never a documentary moved me this much. Paradise Lost is a slap on the face, a punch to the stomach, a knot on the throat and a heavy cloud of reality - all together and mixed up. It's a law class, a life lesson and leaves a bittersweet taste on the mouth. A remarkable film to be remembered for years and years. Sometimes, life is just as cruel as cinema.
This fascinating and disturbing documentary is the culmination of one of the most remarkable pieces of journalistic advocacy in recent memory. Detailing the startling new evidence in the case of the "West Memphis 3," accused of murdering three 8 year old boys, the film is a startling and surprisingly even handed exploration of an egregious failure of the American justice system, for both the victims and the accused.
A documentary masterpiece, and along with the first two films, it combines into a modern "Sorrow and the Pity" crossed with "The Thin Blue Line". Proof positive that real life is much more interesting and bizarre than any fictional writer can create.
I was almost 14 when the WM3 were convicted. I have followed this case all my life. I am now 31. I hope this documentary wins Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars next week and I hope in the near future to see a Paradise Lost 4 where all three boys; Damien Echols , Jason Baldwin & Jessie Misskelley, Jr. have their names cleared and their full innocence proven so they may enjoy their freedom as truly free men.