Devil’s Knot

Years later they would go on to form Arcade Fire.
Years later they would go on to form Arcade Fire.

Sure, there can be a delay before big US films get released in Australia, but this indie one is already out on Netflix.

It’s based on a real murder case in Memphis in 1993. Three eight-year-old boys fail to return home from a bike ride in the woods. Their bodies, tied up with their own shoelaces, are eventually found in the local creek.

The police immediately zero in on a neighbourhood emo and two of his acquaintances, who are accused of sacrificing the boys as part of a black magic ceremony. What follows is a perfect storm of police incompetence, arrogance and bigotry as any evidence that doesn’t fit this ludicrous theory is ignored or ‘lost’.

Lacking pace, a central character and cinematic elements, it would have made a better doco or TV movie, and it paints a depressing portrait of the US justice system. 6/10

Released July 24, 2014.

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