Ron Lax visiting the crime scene alone at night to ponder pensively in suit and tie establishes nothing other than solitary meditation. The film was released in Canadian theaters both English and French on January 24, 2014. Questions of lawyer malpractice, police misconduct, and falsified witness testimony are also raised. Is the movie about Ron Lax? A couple of years ago I watched the 2 follow ons. Unfortunately, for the role of Damien Echols, James Hamrick was simply the wrong choice. The first image from the set was revealed on June 26, 2012.
If it was done to unnerve people and highlight something, it did, but not exactly in the way that it was meant to do. I am still a proponent of the death penalty after the details of what happened here. Meanwhile, Pam Hobbs, Stevie's mother, begins to suspect that her husband and Stevie's stepfather Terry killed the boy, especially after finding Stevie's prized Swiss Army knife in Terry's toolkit. The performances are decent although not great. Synopsis Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. The child's voice narration in this movie just really should have been something they cut in this movie. Props to Egoyan for slipping in a reference to singer Robert Johnson and his deal with the devil, though.
If not, why include scenes of auction house accolades and coffee conversation with his ex-wife? She is lost in a haze after this tragic turn of events, and only starts to come around after Ron Lax , a private investigator working pro bono for the defense team, begins to unearth a number of discrepancies and deceptions in the state's case. Suspicions of Satanism captured the interest of the police force and the trio of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. The prosecution's two chief witnesses - a boy who claims in fantastic detail to have seen the murders and been forced to drink the victims' blood, and his mother, who claims to have heard Echolls confess - are found to be compromised. I have all the respect in the world for the occupation Judges serve in and the incredible pressures put on them and the difficult job they do. Pamela Hobbs moves out of the home shared with her husband Terry.
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. Private investigator Ron Lax offers his services pro bono to the defense team. The film is based on a true story as told in Mara Leveritt's 2002 , concerning three teenagers known as the , who were convicted of killing three young boys during the. Despite various doubts about the case, the West Memphis Three are convicted, with Damien Echols sentenced to death. Based on the actual events of the West Memphis Three, where three young boys were savagely murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. They were subsequently Echols and life imprisonment Baldwin and Misskelley.
After an extensive search, their bound and beaten bodies are found the next day. Presumably, the intention is to juxtapose his lifestyle against that of the rural Arkansas community the dwells in trailer parks and works waitressing jobs, although it is just one of many thematic threads that remain loose ends never woven fully into the film. Accusations of witchcraft, Satanism, and human sacrifice lead the police to teenage suspects Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jesse Misskelley, who confesses to the crimes after a 12-hour interrogation. Soon afterward, Pam leaves her husband. Indeed, the case is too complex to be condensed in 2 hours time.
Why doesn't the jury know that another teen also confessed to the crime? Hobbs in one-by-one fashion is needlessly sappy. More casting announcements were made on June 27, 2012. It was out of place. Studio: Image Entertainment Director: Atom Egoyan Writer: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt Producer: Paul Harris Boardman, Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan, Bruce Greenwood, James Hamrick, Dane DeHaan, Kevin Durand, Alessandro Nivola Review Score: West Memphis, Arkansas — May 5, 1993 — Pamela Hobbs watches as her son Stevie Branch sets off after school to ride bikes with his friend Michael Moore. The case drew a great deal of attention for how the trio of defendants were railroaded, but the better parts of 's docudrama focus on the families of the deceased.
In 1993, three young boys disappeared in West Memphis, Arkansas and were subsequently found hog-tied and submerged in a creek. I expected a little more from the esteemed director Atom Egoyan but this was one of his weaker efforts. Which leaves a courtroom drama as the only discernible nucleus of the film, and that is far from enough to keep the movie engaging when anyone with a passing interest in the case has a vague idea of how it turned out. The film at the on September 8, 2013, followed by a wider release later that year. Lax visits Pam, who expresses doubt about the verdict; Lax replies that, while he does not know who committed the murders, he knows in his heart that his clients are innocent. May 6, 1993 — Vicki Hutcheson presents her son Aaron as a witness.
Whether it is fictionalizing a love interest to add a romantic subplot or inventing a conflict to pep up the action, desire for commercial appeal can necessitate fudging some facts. The courthouse scenes were filmed at the in. Why else would the bloody Bojangles man and vague suspect Christopher Morgan feature in key scenes? Who was the mysterious, bloodied black man who showed up and quickly disappeared from a fast-food place near the crime scene on the night of the murder? Those pictures all provide a much more substantive overview of the case than does: 's by-the-numbers movie might be fascinating to viewers unfamiliar with the controversy, but as it evolves into a straightforward courtroom tale, it will be tedious to those who have seen the earlier documentaries. 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. The first 20 minutes of lead you to believe that he's going to take the same approach with this movie, exploring how a horrific crime alters a small town, but instead he stays focused on how one woman deals with such a profound and sudden loss. Then again it is good to illustrate these to a new generation that don't know much about this story.
The movie itself kind of falls flat for me compared to the documentary series that followed the story all the way through. Why does her husband have Stevie's favorite knife? Pam soon begins to question her own beliefs about what happened to her son. Opening scenes evoke true tension with haunting imagery of shoelace-tied corpses pulled from a shallow creek bed, and the efforts of an emotionally destroyed town to reconcile themselves with incomprehensible madness. I have seen all of the documentaries and I was able to follow the plot but for someone who has not seen them, the action might be confusing. They are taken to trial, where Baldwin and Misskelley are sentenced to , and Echols to , all the while proclaiming their innocence.