Devil's Knot (2013) Movie Review

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Devil's Knot (2013)

2013 | R | Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
114 minutes / 1h 54min

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Devil's Knot Plot Synopsis:

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.

Devil's Knot (2013) Review

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


Terry Hobbs Confesses to Family about 1993 Murders

YouTube video removed - R0OSQuZE1y4

Former Death Row Damien Echols - “Life After Death”


  • Devil's Knot Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.48
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.3

About Devil's Knot 2013

Title: Devil's Knot
Year: 2013
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Biography
Reviewer: Score: 2.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.24/5 stars from 17,752 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17,752 MPAA Rating: R
Devil's Knot Cast Starring: Elias Koteas, Judd Lormand, Kevin Durand, Reese Witherspoon, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Kerry Cahill, Scott Ledbetter, Gary Grubbs, Gary Weeks, Bruce Greenwood, Andrew R. Kaplan, Dane DeHaan, Jody Thompson, Michael A. Templeton, Charles Casey, Stephen Moyer, Kennedy Brice, Michael J. Walker, Alessandro Nivola, Anessa Ramsey, Frederick Carpenter, Brian Howe, Rex Linn, Walter Hendrix III, Ken Melde, Brooke Jaye Taylor, Michael Gladis, Amy Ryan, Mary Ellen Itson, Tim Campione
Devil's Knot Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt
Devil's Knot Director: Atom Egoyan
Box Office: $122,892
Production: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA