Succeeds in exposing how small-minded prejudice can be taken to illogical extremes; particularly in conservative communities where the need to identify a scapegoat is all too familiar. While initially compelling as a documentation of the legal system at its most corrupt, the objectification of the victims through unnecessary crime scene footage & the questionable treatment of their parents feels largely exploitative.
"I knew from when I was real small people were gonna know who I was, I always had that feeling... I just never knew how they were gonna learn. I kinf of enjoy it now because after I die, people are gonna remember me forever. People are gonna talk about me for years. People in West Memphis will tell their kids stories... It'll be sorta like I'm the West Memphis boogieman." WTF
No menos perturbador que el sádico crimen, es el proceso judicial por el que pasa un grupo de adolescentes. Este documental es logrado a partir de entrometerse en la múltiple interpretación de los hechos. ¿Es acaso una casería de brujas o la hábil persuación de una mente criminale? ¿Son evidencias o simples coincidencias? La película cierra con una especie de malestar. Más de una pregunta queda en el aire.
As a late comer to this story this first in the trilogy just doesn't hold up with time. As a documentation of the questionable handling of this case it does its job but as a film it fails to completely come across as anything other than flat. There is a questionable tone to the handling of the victims' families too, which undermines the power of the piece. Worth a watch but a masterpiece it is not.
Out of all the documentaries and stories on the West Memphis 3, this is the best. When you first saw this there was no Errol Morris 'Thin Blue Line' silver lining for the viewer. The system blew it and refused to fix it to save face. A tragedy of our justice system and the film captures it in a very low key, matter of fact way.
Damien was a smart kid who was angry and resentful towards "the system". He was a kid who had no idea how serious his situation was. The prosecutors are DOUCHE BAGS and what was on trial was a lifestyle. What a mockery. Even if the kids did it, there is insufficient evidence for conviction. He is gonna die too. They will kill that man. Bullshit