Based on the true story 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. Written by
Reese Witherspoon had co-starred prior with two of the other leads. Colin Firth in Importance of Being Earnest and Alessandro Nivola in Best Laid Plans. See more »
Pam and her husband Terry drive up to the dead end road where all the first responders are gathered, to find out the news that they have found the dead bodies of the 3 missing boys.
There are 2 actors walking right behind Pam (Reese Witherspoon) as she is walking up the police, then standing right behind her when she hears the news. Upon hearing the news that her son's body was found, Pam faints and the man and women standing behind her catch her and help her to the ground.
But a split second before Pam falls to the ground, the male actor on the left braces for her fall and puts his hand on Pam's (Reese's) back to help her, before she actually falls. See more »
Come on, Jerry. All that occult crime, Satanic panic stuff's been studied by the FBI and they said it's all smoke and no fire.
I know what I've seen with my own two eyes, and I'm telling you evidence of occult activity was everywhere that summer.
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From a competent director like Atom Egoyan, one would certainly expect a bit more than this sub par effort, that looks and feels like a cheap, made for TV movie, in every way. Filled with dull court scenes, and a preachy vibe throughout, as though the film was made specifically to prove that the 3 boys were innocent of the charges. It is hard to imagine that a movie dealing with such a fascinating subject matter, could actually be boring; but Egoyan and his cast manage to deliver a completely lackluster product. Even Reese Witherspoon, who usually turns in good performances, is just awful in this. Somehow her Southern accent sounds completely fake...even though the actress IS Southern! It felt like the actors didn't put any feeling into their roles, perhaps because even they realized that the script was so uninspiring. And if the people involved in the project can't find inspiration, how is the audience supposed to feel anything at all? The only bright spot in this film is the appearance of the up and coming actor Dane DeHaan, who is usually the best thing about any production he appears in. Unfortunately DeHaan is on screen for less than a total of 10 minutes.
For those interested in the infamous 'West Memphis Three' murders, the documentary "Paradise Lost" is still the most interesting film on the subject. Later this year, there is yet another movie on this subject, due to be released in November 2014. Hopefully that film will handle the material better than this lackluster effort..
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