The new documentary about the infamous West Memphis Three murders, from producer Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) and director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil).
â€śThis is that most rare of films: one that indisputably matters. And one that stuns.â€ť â€“ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
â€śA compelling and comprehensive guide to one of the most Kafkaesque crime stories in American history.â€ť â€“ Sara Stewart, New York Post
â€śGRADE A-! The film casts a hypnotic spell all its own. It artfully sketches out the events for anyone who's coming in cold, but basically, its strategy is to take what we already know and go deeper.â€ť â€“ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil), in collaboration with the production team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man and to bring the truth to light. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 Robin Hood Hills murders of three 8-year-old boys (Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore) in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crimeâ€”Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation; all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives - imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The film reveals how close Echols and his wife Lorri Davis, along with his legal team, friends and supporters, came to losing the fight to save his own life. Told and made by those who lived it, Berg's unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South. (Dir. by Amy Berg, 2012, 147 mins., Rated R, Sony Pictures Classics) Digital