Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #9 – Rob’s Challenge – West of Memphis (2012)

Darren    and     Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..

west_of_memphis_poster“The thing I like most about time is that it’s not real. It’s all in the head. Sure, it’s a useful trick if you wanna meet someone at a specific place in the universe to have tea or coffee. But that’s all it is, a trick. There’s no such thing as the past, it exists only in the memory. There’s no such thing as the future, it exists only in our imagination. If our watches were truly accurate the only thing they would ever say is now.” – Damien Echols

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Aug 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the global fight to free 3 men convicted of murder 20 years ago who might actually be innocent.

My Take on it – I had heard about the Memphis Three, but can’t really say that I knew that much about their story until I saw this.

What’s funny is that last year I watched the fictionalization of the story, Devil’s Knot (2013) and enjoyed it, but never really made the connection between the two.

What’s very good about this documentary is that it tries to take the time to recreate everything that happened twenty years ago in order to disprove a lot of the case against the three teens convicted of the bruital murders.
Not only do we get to see what did happen, but they movie gives us a few potential scenarios that depict what actually COULD have happened.

Yes, this movie (like most documentaries) is one sided, but it tries to tell a compelling true story in a seemingly objective manner.

This movie was made with lots of help from many celebrity and “lay” advocates as they tried to seek the freedom of these imprisoned men.  Their involvement helped ring this story to the forefront of the media and we get to “meet” many of the celebrities who took a major part in this endeavor; most notably Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh.

This movie was able to document many of the mistakes made by law enforcement along the way and definitely helps build up the case of misconduct and injustice to the convicted men, but also to the memory of the victims themselves.

Bottom Line – Quite an interesting documentary that gives us the whole story of what happened while also giving us potential scenarios for how to find the possible truth.  The help of many advocates and celebrities in their quest for freedom helped bring this story to the forefront of the media and is very prominently featured in this movie.  The movie shows how the many mistakes in the entire process caused an injustice for the convicted suspects and ultimately for the victims. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A fictionalized account of this story was released as the movie Devil’s Knot (2013) (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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