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.
The cathartic final chapter of the West Memphis 3 debacle of justice is the least cinematic of the trilogy but in some ways the most satisfying. Each part over the years has made me question the modern notion of justice and made me suspect different parties in the actual killings. However when we get to the final solution one just has to shake their head at the very concept of so-called american judicial procedure.
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.
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.