Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. (2 seasons / 20 episodes)
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First it's a questionable subject. Secondly it's focused on the ego of criminals, lawyers & Netflix Third, it's very technical, & consequently, not thrilling at all. Remember the telly, that a bit like that == Un, c’est 1 sujet discutable. Deux, c'est axé sur l'ego des criminels, des avocats & de Netflix. Trois, c'est très technique et, du coup, pas excitant du tout. Vous vous rapellez la télé? C'est à peu près ça.
A great study of class and of WASP values overshadowing logic, and of flawed systems that swallow people whole. Made me very upset and angry, especially the Brandon parts. I agree that perhaps editing was not sympathetic to the victim's family and that the narrative had many omissions convenient to the plot but not the truth, hope they will be resolved next season.
Wellllllll, after reading a bit more on the case I'm quite convinced Steven Avery did indeed murder Teresa Halbach. Compelling storytelling nonetheless even though quite biased, which I think is a major flaw when it comes to a documentary.
Quite a ride. I watched this within a few days, and it may well be the best new series of 2015, and got me into legal docus/dramas once again. At times quite depressing when it was dealing with the younger Brendan =(
There's no denying that Netflix has become the entertainment monolith of our living rooms - but it'll be difficult to hold a grudge as long as they keep producing content as compelling as "Murderer." As compulsively watchable as it is heartbreaking, this documentary has much to say about American culture but its central thesis may be neatly stated by Steven Avery himself near episode three: "Poor people lose."
Raw, cinematic, and never over reliant on interviews, graphics, or narration. The question of innocence is beside the point. This serves to underline a truth about America's justice system most of us already feel—if you're poor, you're guilty until proven innocent. Watched back to back with last year's "The Jinx", the contrast in how the system treats both respective subjects, rich and poor, is infuriatingly stark.
Certainly gripping, but I can't help but feel that agenda overcame what I consider documentary integrity when addressing what didn't look good for Avery. Feels manipulative and shows lack of faith in audience. Audience responses to the show seem to indicate the worst impact of this type of rabble rousing, with so many choosing to divide the world into cartoonish depictions of good & evil. As usual, enemy is systems.
(Generous) 7 - I quite liked this, but it could have been so much more. On one hand, it's a searing look at the flawed American justice system that sometimes borders on the Kafkaesque (and let it be said that, even if Avery did do it, the body of Teresa Halbach is as much on the Manitowoc PD as it is on him); on the other, it is extremely biased, occasionally misleading and very emotionally manipulative.