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Devil's Knot

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

The obvious question to ask is: why? After two decades, four documentaries and a massive celebrity-sponsored campaign, is there anything left to say about the West Memphis Three, the Arkansas teenagers tried in 1994 for the killing of three eight-year-olds and convicted thanks to intense public outrage and a corrupt legal system? This drama from once-great Canadian director Atom Egoyan takes a long time to tell us nothing we didn’t know. Colin Firth stomps about looking serious as Ron Lax, a private investigator assisting the defence, while Reese Witherspoon wrings her hands and cries a lot as the mother of one of the victims. There’s too much story to cram into one film, with the result that the three surly teenagers themselves – who would have made far more compelling central characters – are pushed to the side. And with their own legal team surely keeping a close watch, Egoyan and his scriptwriters are unable to point fingers in any meaningful way. A missed opportunity.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 13 June 2014
  • Duration:114 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Atom Egoyan
  • Screenwriter:Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
  • Cast:
    • Reese Witherspoon
    • Colin Firth
    • Kevin Durand
    • Dane DeHaan
    • Amy Ryan
    • Mireille Enos
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