Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Making a Murderer (2015)

Directors: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi

Writers: Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi

Starring: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

More info: IMDb

Plot: Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Viewers are taken inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

At about ten hours total, this is a lot of watching but every episode is compelling true crime drama, the kind of which makes it hard not to watch it for hours at a time.  It's really good stuff.  I'm willing to take what the film throws out at face value but there were times that I questioned them.  It wasn't much.  The filmmakers did a fabulous job creating a narrative not only for an entire ten hours but also within the constraints of a one hour episode.  I was most impressed at how compelling the entire series was.  That had to be one tough nut to crack.  When it was all over, my take is that Steven Avery probably did it but he definitely and purposefully did not receive anything close to a fair trial and that Brendan Dassey was wrongfully coerced by the cops and his civil rights were horribly violated.  Season 2 is expected by the end of this year.  I wrote this nearly two months ago so here's hoping..

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