The new Netflix documentary on the murder of Meredith Kercher is a solid, if not too brief look into the murder and subsequent media frenzy involving the accused Amanda Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. I never paid close attention to the whole ordeal when it was happening, as the media seemed far too concerned with superficialities and not enough with the facts, and this documentary confirms my suspicions.
The film focuses primarily on interviews with Amanda, Raffaele, Nick Pisa (who was a British journalist covering the event), and the Italian Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, as it brings us through the timeline. We get a good sense of how confusing the events were that happened that night, as the potential participants changed their stories, most likely as a result of harsh harassment by the Italian investigators. We also get a sense of how the whole ordeal was played to the media in a way to make it into an international news feeding frenzy.
The most disturbing revealment, to me, is how fame-hungry Mignini was, and how bizarre his conclusions were. For instance, because the body had been discovered with a blanket on it, he deduced that the killer must have been a woman, because no man would have put a blanket over a corpse. The fact that the Italian government allowed this disturbed man to be a prosecutor is frightening.
Netflix's documentary doesn't give us concrete answers, but it does give enough solid information to make rather informed opinions. Though I would have liked to have seen a three-part series, which would have been able to spend a little more time with the evidence, the trials, and with interviewing more people, this film is a good recap of events, and one that successfully shows us the desperation that Amanda went through, and still goes through to this day.
If you want to relive the trial, the media frenzy, and get a sense of how power is abused in some places on the Earth, I'd suggest checking it out.
My rating: 7/10.