Devil's Knot

Devil's Knot (2013-05-09)

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  • Status: Released
  • Runtime: 114m
  • Popularity: 10.871
  • Language: en
  • Budget: $15,000,000
  • Revenue: $0
  • Vote Average: 6.1
  • Vote Count: 585

  • Reno

    I understand why this film did not vastly, positively recognized, even though it was taken straight from a really cruel incident. Some viewers mind only the commercial value, forget that one because they're living a useless and careless life about society. And the other reason is there is nothing wrong in performance, direction or in any technical aspect, but the story itself do not fit to be a movie. It should have been documentary instead. Coincidentally, this movie was similar to the 2011 Koren movie 'Children...' which was also based on the true event. About children who go missing. Both the events took place in the early 90s. This silver screen movie looks a lot like television broadcastable item that it should be. There is a documentary trilogy inspired from this story. The motive was to bring the truth out and it was well received according to ratings and reviews. And don't forget the books. ‘‘My son is 8-year-old. He sleeps with a night light on, he did not run away from home.’’ A movie must have (1) a story to begin with, (2) characters that develop along the story and (3) finally a conclusion whether twist in it or not, happy or sad, either way it works. So what's wrong with it? Well, it lacks in development in either of above first two points and extents throughout without nothing while we are expecting a glimpse of something to happen. The fact is, no one knows what really happened, actually those who know are tight lipped because of involvement. I just can't conclude my judgement because of this movie, but give a fair point for anyone who are not familiar with this case. Not focused on a particular character, the most of the perspective in the storytelling was Colin Firth's role which was just an appearance to show I'm there but not in action. You have a couple of choices to rate this movie, one, based on the story which is real and cruel, and another is the movie that disappoints as a movie. Like I am always quite happy with the product like this, because I got to know what I supposed to learn about this 'West Memphis Three' case. Hope the new movie do convey well to the cinematic output.

  • KayP97

    I had no knowledge of this story before watching this film, so I won't judge it as harshly as maybe some others on the facts. I particular liked the opening of the movie right before the boys disappeared and Reese Witherspoon gave off a great performance as the grieving mother. She is a big reason why I enjoyed this movie more than maybe I should do. There are questions raised as to whether she should have had as much screen time as she did, however it just gave me that much more sympathy for her to get the justice she deserves. That particularly hair pulling scene was powerful. From the end tags, it is obvious there was a lot more to this case than what we actually saw. Colin Firth did not do a whole for me, I wished to have seen more reasoning behind him and better understand his character. He felt more like an observer than anything. Same goes with the 3 suspects who did not get as much screen time as I had hoped. At first, it did seem likely the police had the right people, especially with a confession from one of them, but the film slowly took a dig at the police because they never investigated anyone else, they didn't file all the evidence and said some of it was misplaced. Was that down to laziness or incompetence? They didn't completely hate on the police in this movie, but they did have a small dig. Despite many problems I did have, I do think the movie was quite suspenseful at times and it is a well shot movie. The movie does move at quite a slow pace, but I can't say I was ever bored watching the courtroom stuff. 6/10