Devil's Knot

2013

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / Thriller

132
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 22%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 17587

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Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs
Colin Firth as Ron Lax
Kevin Durand as John Mark Byers
Mireille Enos as Vicki Hutcheson
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1hr 54 min
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1hr 54 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tcarts76 6 / 10

Paradise Lost series makes this a little flat

"The Devil's Knot" is the true story of the Robin Hood Hills murder. The movie itself kind of falls flat for me compared to the documentary series that followed the story all the way through.

Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth are strong actors, but this story is well documented from start to finish and it was only a matter of time before a movie was made, especially because people in Hollywood got involved in this one early.

I don't think there was really anything wrong with the movie itself. It is a compelling story and needs to be told. It is just that the "Paradise Lost," series that followed the real players in the story was full of twists and turns that Hollywood's top writers couldn't make this stuff up.

I watched the first documentary when it came out and I was a kid (I was a Metallica fan and their music was used). A couple of years ago I watched the 2 follow ons. If you haven't watched those I say watch this one first. I say that because the series were absolutely captivating when you get into it, and if you watch this first I think you will feel that this falls flat to the real deal. I say the documentaries are captivating, I know that sounds bad given the real crime involved, but it was kind of unbelievable. Then again it is good to illustrate these to a new generation that don't know much about this story. So maybe I am too old to appreciate this movie.

The child's voice narration in this movie just really should have been something they cut in this movie. I understand why it was inserted, but it really wasn't handled very well. It was out of place. If it was done to unnerve people and highlight something, it did, but not exactly in the way that it was meant to do. It's something that has to be done perfectly otherwise cut it, In my opinion, it should have been cut out.

WARNING: Do not read beyond this point if you don't know the story, because this may be a spoiler.

I am still a proponent of the death penalty after the details of what happened here. The system is broken in many ways but it is the best we have. I think some of the appeals process needs to be fixed, and a lot of convicts that were convicted before a lot of the DNA and forensic science that we have now today should be allotted more consideration/appeal hearings in order to be sure of their guilt or innocence as well.

The big part of the system that failed here in my eyes is that the Appeals process just continued to go back to the same Judge. I have all the respect in the world for the occupation Judges serve in and the incredible pressures put on them and the difficult job they do. BUT sometimes when you have that kind of power it is easy to remember you are a human being and can and do make mistakes. If the same Judge gets to handle an appeal he is essentially being asked to admit the prosecutor, jury, or he, himself made a mistake. That's a tall order.

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 8 / 10

Flawed but Interesting..

Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Spurred on by the demand from a grieving town, the local police act quickly to bring three "devil-worshipping" teenagers to trial. With their lives hanging in the balance, investigator Ron Lax is trying to find the truth between the town's need for justice and the guilt of the accused. I think that Devil's Knot (2013) is a very complex film for a very complex story that although it does kinda do justice to it's story it misses the point to other areas, Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon are really good in their roles especially Reese as the grieving mother but everyone else besides them is just alright especially her husband Terry played by Alessandro Nivola feels kinda miscasted and except maybe one or two scenes where he shows some emotion for the rest of the film he is actually a robot, the Hobbs also had a little girl a 2nd child in general but we only see her and hear about her in the entire film only 3 times and that is kinda disappointing it actually makes the parents look like the "bad people" of the story since they hardly ever seen with her that just makes you wonder of who feeds her, dresses her and with who she stays with when her Parents aren't home. But although flawed the movie has some redeeming moments such as the leads, the interesting story, the court room scenes that were pretty good into building the story and the puzzles and a chilling ending that just makes you wish that you knew more about the true events of the film more. Overall this is a film that does it's job quite well but if you expect another "Prisoners" kind of thriller? Expect to be disappointed. (8/10)

Reviewed by Malamut 6 / 10

Mediocre and redundant film based on a well-known case

While not absolutely terrible, this movie seems quite redundant, given the large number of well-produced documentaries on the case of the West Memphis 3. I have seen all of the documentaries and I was able to follow the plot but for someone who has not seen them, the action might be confusing. Indeed, the case is too complex to be condensed in 2 hours time. As a standalone film this is not a bad effort but at times the plot does indeed look convoluted. The performances are decent although not great. Reese Witherspoon stood out as one of the victims' mothers. I expected a little more from the esteemed director Atom Egoyan but this was one of his weaker efforts.

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