Devil's Knot (2013) Movie Review

Devil's Knot (2013)

2013 | Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
114 minutes /

User Score: 72/100

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Devil's Knot Review


The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Devil’s Knot (2013) had a nice story line, and it shows how quickly something can happen to your child in a safe neighborhood. The movie is based on a true story from Mara Levitt’s book, Devil’s Knot. Director Atom Egoyan (The Captive, Chloe, Adoration) did not do a good job executing this movie to the best of his abilities. He has directed 36 previous movies, so I was disappointed in his directing skills for Devil’s Knot. Atom tried to fit too many things in a small time frame and made the story feel scattered.

The movie is about three eight year old boys that went playing together and never came home in West Memphis, Arkansas in May of 1993. The boys were reported missing, and an extensive search for them took place. Their bodies were eventually found in a fishing area known as the Devils Knot. The boys appeared to be beaten and bounded by a shoelace or string of some sort. The manager of a fast food restaurant calls the cops to report a man with blood all over his body that has come into the restaurant to use the bathroom. The police officers arrived too late and did not bother to investigate who the bloody guy was.

The three young dead boys made headlines about satanic cults and ritual killings since they were bounded. The police officers were hellbent on the killers being the Satan worshipping (this is what the police officers think them to be) teenagers who have been annoying them exceedingly. The three teenagers were accused of the death of the three young boys. The victim’s families questioned and disagreed a little with the three teenagers being involved with this horrific crime. One of the teenagers confessed to the crime after four hours of interrogation, and all three of them claimed that they are innocent during the trial. Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether - The Duff, Trouble with the Curve) and Jessie Misskelley Jr. (Kristopher Higgins - In Time, Rooks and Pawns, Blue Balloons) were sentenced to life in prison while Damien Echols (James Hamrick - In Your Father’s Shadow, The Newsroom, Dive) faced the death penalty.

Reese Witherspoon did a superb job playing a hard working mother and wife. Although I like the storyline and the fact that this movie was based on a real-life tragedy, - I gave the movie a five because it was too scattered, too many unanswered questions, slowed placed with interviews that were not needed. I did not give this movie a lower score because it shows us what takes place in our society today with police officers and higher officials who looks for a quick fix for a case. The actual killer is out there because an innocent person is accused wrongfully. There was no hard evidence that the kids committed the crime, and the real evidence (bloody guy in the restaurant) got away due to police misconduct.

The documentaries on YouTube are way better than this film.

William Ramsey: Abomination - West Memphis Three Satanic Murder Travesty

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Terry Hobbs Confesses to Family about 1993 Murders

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Former Death Row Damien Echols - “Life After Death”

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About Devil's Knot (2013)

Title: Devil's Knot
AKA: Devil's Knot
Year: 2013
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.6/5 stars from 25 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 25
Starring: Elias Koteas, Judd Lormand, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Scott Ledbetter, Kerry Cahill, Gary Grubbs, Kevin Durand, Gary Weeks, Reese Witherspoon, Jody Thompson, Bruce Greenwood, Andrew R. Kaplan, Michael J. Walker, Stephen Moyer, Kennedy Brice, Frederick Carpenter, Alessandro Nivola, Rex Linn, Walter Hendrix III, Ken Melde, Dane DeHaan, Lori Beth Sikes, Becky Boyd, Joey Nappo, Anessa Ramsey, Mireille Enos, Seth Meriwether, Martin Henderson, Brian Howe, Colleen Helm
Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt
Director: Atom Egoyan

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