For sheer craftsmanship and watchability alone, Amanda Knox is a must-see offering on Netflix; for its exposure of the workings of justice systems and media culture, it’s an essential piece of work worth sharing and discussing.
AK is a fascinating character and looks amazing onscreen. She expresses herself in an interesting way. Never for an instant did this viewer doubt that Guede was the sole guilty party, but that could have been the intention. An excellent documentary of a story that seems to have been stolen from the plot of a novel from a spinning rack. It would have been better if the filmmakers had been able to show us more about the actual murderer and about Kercher, the victim.
"Amanda Knox" keeps the viewer right by it's side as the case unfolds. The terrifying reality of the events and their lengthy burn through the lives of those it touched resonates deeply. Another very interesting aspect is that those involved in the murder and the "solving" of it are not quite lucid yet. Some interviewees struck me as too near-sighted, too fresh to see the facts and therefore were tainted still. For example, the media, for as vile as their coverage, as botched as their facts were, seemed remorseless and still hungry for more. This isn't a criticism of the movie, but jaw-dropping with the things they said and their on-going beliefs of what really happened and the way they'll continue to operate in the world. Like watching an animal in the wild before it knows you're there. Crime drama cannot touch was this piece achieved.
Though the movie offers no new bombshells the filmmakers have nonetheless wrought a spare and unflinching feature that offers a fresh perspective on Knox without descending into the sensationalism that attended original coverage of the trial.
Amanda Knox makes for succinct, involving viewing — a true-crime doc that acknowledges the lingering debates over its subject's guilt while prompting one to ask: Why did anyone ever believe this outrageous stuff in the first place, much less cling to it for years?
"Amanda Knox" is quite the captivating documentary. While it tries to be as objective as possible, you can't help but feel that it is a little bit in favor of Amanda Knox, but still, if you're interested in true crime documentaries and if this particular case interests you, you won't be disappointed.
What: Amanda Knox
Who: Amanda Knox
Where: Perugia, the murder capital of Italy
When (will you be addicted to this movie): Almost immediately
Why: You'll be interested pretty quickly, but lose interest as soon as you find out this is a super lame version of Making a Murderer