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Devil's Knot (2013)

Elias Koteas , Dane Dehaan , Atom Egoyan  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elias Koteas, Dane Dehaan, Kevin Durand, Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J0IN6Z4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award® winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, 2010) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, 2005) lead an all-star cast in this gripping, heart-wrenching true story that shocked the nation. May 5, 1993. West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. As the mother of one of the murdered boys (Witherspoon) tries to come to grips with this unspeakable tragedy, she is desperate to believe that the killers have been found and will be brought to justice. It is only when an investigator (Firth) reveals that the evidence doesn’t all add up, that the community is forced to face the reality that the true killer might still be out there.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No New Revelations June 11, 2014
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As a longtime supporter of the men who used to be referred to as 'The West Memphis Three,' I literally saw this case unfold. At the time of the murders and the arrests, I was dividing time between a dorm room at ASU in Jonesboro, AR, and my parents' home in Lepanto, AR [both not far from West Memphis]. The instant I saw that three teenagers were arrested for this horrendous crime, I immediately said aloud HELL NO!

Although Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon gave outstanding performances as Ron Lax and Pam Hobbs, the movie depicted events that most hard core supporters have known about for many years. The movie doesn't necessarily point any fingers, however, I would have liked to see the point of view from a different angle. I didn't feel the movie did it as well as the book. Ms. Leveritt's book specifies what her opinion [based on the facts she knew at the time] was regarding suspects. Her book was well written, as was the screenplay. It was gritty, emotionally charged, but seemed to demonize Damien Echols more than the WMPD did in 1993. Yet, at the same time, it focused on Jessie Misskelley's suggestibility, [if one has ever spoken to Jessie, and I have, he or she would spot it in an instant] as well as Jason's shock when the verdict and penalties were announced in court. I was there for the Echols/Baldwin penalty phase hearing, and no one can describe it better than someone who saw it. I never want to see anything like it again, because I was torn due to my belief that Jessie, Damien, and Jason were wrongly convicted, I had extreme sympathy and empathy for the families who lost their children. It was heart wrenching to see the families of the accused treated as if they had committed crimes as well as their sons.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to Provide A Reason For Its Existence May 25, 2014
The story of the West Memphis Three has garnered a ton of media attention over the last two decades, and for good reason. It's a classic mix of elements that attract news outlets like bees to honey: murder, satanic cults, corruption, miscarriages of justice, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Since the murdered bodies of three young boys were discovered in an Alabama creek twenty years ago, the case has become a "cause celebre" due to the apparent false imprisonment of accused murderers Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin, seemingly railroaded by a system and town swept up in hysterics. The story was chronicled fully in three incredible Paradise Lost documentaries and the Peter Jackson-produced West of Memphis, leaving little room for Atom Egoyan's narrative feature Devil's Knot to forge its own path.

Given the wealth of material already out there about the West Memphis Three case, Egoyan's decision to take on a dramatic interpretation of events is a mystery. It's a no-win scenario if there ever was one. Get it right and people will say the film basically wrote itself; get it wrong and you get Devil's Knot, which is flimsy, unnecessary, and manages to turn a compelling true story into something dull.

There doesn't seem to be much that co-writers Scott Derrickson (of Sinister fame) and Paul Boardman have done other than take what we already know and get A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth to reenact it. Witherspoon takes on the role of Pam Hobbs, who one normal day in 1993 allows her son Steve to go out and play with his friends, warning him to be back in time for her to get to work. But when the boy doesn't show up, it begins a firestorm of rage and accusations that consume this small, devout Southern town.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 20, 2014
This movie has a great cast and the book the movie is based on (the actual book about the crime) is a great read but this book fell short on too many things.

First of all, a movie of this length does not do any justice to the case itself. I felt like I was watching a very poor dramatization of the Paradise Lost movies. Though Pamela Hobbs has now supported the West Memphis 3, originally she did not seem to have any doubt that they were guilty. It makes for a somewhat good story but not convincing in this case.

Second, there was truly no additional dialogue or nod to any information other than the Paradise Lost movies... with the exception of some of the Ron Lax additions.

Third, i can see why Damien was angry about this. i can only imagine what the original script was. Sure, he was a messed up kid but, hell, who wasn't at that age? There were a lot of us emo goth kids. The movie did nothing but cast a shadow of guilt on him which, after all these years, is what he has been trying to get away from.

Last, I can enjoy a good movie based on a book but this movie was not entertaining. It was flat, dull and simply did not even make you feel the anger or sympathy that any of the documentaries did. And with a movie like this, there is really a lot of material to increase the drama.

Overall, I cannot recommend this at all. Read Devil's Knot, watch the Paradise Lost trilogy and West of Memphis. These men and those poor little boys deserved better than this Hollywood trash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Decent movie based on the WM3.
Published 17 hours ago by Mr. Fiebs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great addition to the compelling story! Better when viewed after watching the Paradise Lost trilogy and West of Memphis.
Published 3 days ago by Todd French
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Was very hopeful when I saw previews for this movie, but it was a big disappointment. Don't waste your money. It's availbe on Netflix.
Published 5 days ago by GIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 10 days ago by kiki
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true story whodunit.
Very good movie based on a true story about the uncertainty and tense feeling of anxiety when parents find out their child is missing and feared dead. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Richard Rivera
4.0 out of 5 stars very well acted and told in a way that could ...
very well acted and told in a way that could explain in a short version what was a very involved and long running case.
Published 11 days ago by cheryl smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie !!
Very good movie !!
Published 18 days ago by Starla RH.
5.0 out of 5 stars killer show
This movie is pretty killer! Based on a true story! It's pretty intense baby! If you like killer movies you will like this!
Published 19 days ago by drummer593
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
On time as the y say, will buy again.
Published 1 month ago by Jose Guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Firth always makes films worth watching.
I don't remember this news story at the time it happened but this movie held my interest from start to finish. Of course the story is not finished and probably never will be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geradine Dinardo
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