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03 Oct 2016

Home Video Review: Doc 'Amanda Knox' Does a Good Job of Showing Where the Infamous Murder Case Went Wrong

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A scene from Netflix's Amanda Knox. A scene from Netflix's Amanda Knox.

In Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn investigate the horror show that was the Meredith Kercher murder and the many injustices that rained down upon American exchange student Knox and her boyfriend of one week, Raffaele Sollecito, in Perugia, Italy.

Both were convicted by an Italian court, as was a third suspect, of stabbing Knox’s roommate Kercher to death, and both served time as their cases went through a series of appeals. The two, now free, sit down for interviews and speak of the confusion that was their interrogation, their whereabouts on the night of the murder, and the hell they endured in prison.

The film mostly skips over the trials, concentrating more on Knox and Sollecito’s recollections about the night of the murder and the aftermath. The subject probably requires an entire series, and not one 90-minute documentary, but the story is covered pretty well, given the time constraints.

Others interviewed include an idiotic journalist who admits much of what was reported on Knox was rushed, inconclusive or even made up. The head prosecutor on the case also sits down, and insists upon Knox’s guilt, even though there was a lack of evidence.

This story probably had many families pull the plug on plans for teenagers to attend school overseas.

Amanda Knox is now streaming on Netflix.

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