DVD Review: Devil’s Knot
Devil’s Knot is a film, based on the book of the same name that takes a look at the story of the West Memphis Three. For those not familiar, The West Memphis Three are three teenage boys accused of the horrific murder of three, eight year old boys. It’s a fascinating case not because of the crime, but rather the mismanagement of the evidence, and the forced convictions of three probably innocent teenagers.
As such I had high hopes for Devil’s Knot, though I was skeptical about having Colin Firth being the lead actor in an American film.
But Firth was not what I should have been worried about, rather the film’s source material. The book revolves around the central idea that the three teenagers convictions were a result of “Satanic panic” rather than actual evidence. And whilst this may be true, the book, released 10 years before the far more engrossing documentary West of Memphis, doesn’t have the benefit of ten extra years of digging through the evidence, and the film seems happy to ignore anything outside of the constrains of the book.
This effectively leaves the film hamstrung, relegating to the realms of what could have been, rather than having it soar as a companion to West of Memphis. Much like the police work at the time, the Devil’s Knot’s focus totally misses the mark.
Rating: M Offensive language and content that may disturb.