“But hey, what are we suppose to do? We are journalists and we are reporting what we are being told. It’s not as if I can say “Hold on a minute, I just want to double check that myself in some other way, who knows how, and I’ll let my rival get in there first before me, and then, hey, I’ve lost a scoop. It doesn’t work like that, not in the news game.” – Nick Pisa
Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the true story of an American exchange student living in Italy who is accused of murdering her British roommate.
My Take on it – Surprisingly, I had never really paid much attention to this story over the last decade and didn’t know anything about the whole situation.
This was a documentary highly recommended to me by my good friend Dan over at Slip/Through Movies and trusting his instincts, I immediately sought this one out.
The story is quite gripping and I loved the way that it shows how sensationalized stories in the media are treated by reporters, the masses and of course law enforcement agencies.
This really is a story that reflects the influence of social media on a crime in amazing ways.
The interviews here of key members related to the story are done really well because the film often focuses on the interviewees while others are talking about them and we see the uncomfortableness in their mannerisms even when they are actually unaware of what is being said about them.
These interviews are quite eye opening on many levels and helps us try and understand what happened and why.
We are taken on an interesting emotionally charged roller coaster ride as we constantly change our opinions as to the innocence or guilt of many of the key players here.
The best part about it tho, is that as it all unfolds before our very eyes, they are able to keep astounding us over and over by everything that happened.
Bottom Line – Quite a gripping documentary that deals with the way the media works for and against the interests of anyone as long as it serves the supposed sensationalized headlines. Interviews with key members of the story prove to be quite eye opening in so many different ways. This film expertly takes us on a roller coaster of emotions where we doubt both the innocence and guilt at different stages yet we are astounded by everything that happened. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Curt Knox, the defendant’s father, said he was hopeful that the case was turning in his daughter’s direction. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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