Amanda Knox (2016)
Amanda Knox is an American woman who went to live in Italy for schooling in Perugia when she was 20 years old. On November 2, 2007, Amanda and her new boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito discovered the body of her roommate Meredith Kercher who had been murdered the night before. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted of the crime and put in jail for 4 years before the appeals discovered new evidence that shed light into what might have truly happened. This is the Netflix documentary (movie) that tells Amanda’s story from everyone involved, even Amanda herself.
I’m not one to have an itch to sit down and watch documentaries, however, this one plays out like a movie. I was not involved with any of the current events as they happened in real time, so all of this information was new to me and the mystery of this story is captivating. Directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst did a great job of telling the story and presenting the information as it unfolded and allows the viewers to both think she is guilty at first and innocent afterwards. This movie also shows how dumb and incompetent the Italian police really are to screw up this case like they did. It is amazing how evidence can be mishandled and twisted to make a certain person look guilty when it is only part of the picture. Maybe this documentary is doing the same thing for Amanda’s innocence!
Amanda Knox isn’t something that I would recommend to anyone, but I think it is something that people who enjoy mysteries, thrillers and dramas will like because it involves the actual people telling the story. Amanda, Raffaele and police investigator Giuliano Mignini are front and center and that is all that is needed to make a great documentary. I believe that emotions will run high during this movie and will leave you wanting to discuss it further with the people you watch it with. I highly recommend this 1.5 hour film for anyone wanting to learn about something that happened in recent history.
8/10 Stars – When a documentary is filmed at the conclusion of a case and presented by most of the people involved in the events, it can only mean a well rounded and captivating story, and Amanda Knox will have you thinking long after it’s over.