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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
The acclaimed HBO documentary film about the Robin Hood Hills Murders.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations revisits the 1994 Arkansas murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers convicted of the crime. A follow up to Paradise Lost, Revelations features new interviews with the convicted men, as well as with the original judge and police investigators.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, is yet another look by HBO filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky at the case of the West Memphis Three. Despite a plethora of evidence pointing away from the three some people just aren't willing to listen.
This sequel to the 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robing Hood Hills has a heavy focus on John Mark Byers, stepfather to one of the murder victims Christopher Byers. In my opinion he didn't play a role in the three 8 year olds deaths, but that doesn't mean he's not a crazy son of a bitch. Much like the first film and the recently released documentary West of Memphis this is a must see film. If…
In the first film the documentarians had what seemed to be unlimited access to anyone and everyone in the case of the child murders. For the follow up, "Revelations", there is a definite step down. Not as much access. Not as many mind blowing moments. But it is still an entertaining viewing experience.
John Mark Byers who is a stepfather of one of the victims, steals the show and loves the spotlight. He is irritating and hilarious at the same time. It may seem like the filmmakers are trying to make you hate him, but in my opinion he is bringing that on himself. He is a more than willing participant in the film and is more theatrical of a performer than some broadway stars.
If the first movie taught me the dangers of inciting a witch hunt, this sequel film actually WAS a witch hunt. How the filmmakers misstepped so drastically is beyond me. Revelations seems like a very similar movie in the way it is paced and shot. It slowly gives out details, but this movie suffers from a lack of revelations to give to the audience. I was left with minimal updates to the case that didn't end up going anywhere. While the first movie remained relatively unbiased, this sequel didn't even bother to hide its bias. The film actively wants me to hate John Mark Byers based on unfounded evidence, despite the fact that the last film taught me to wait…
Ended up buying too many Metallica songs as a result of watching these documentaries.
Missed opportunity: John Goodman playing John Mark Buyers in the David Fincher directed adaption.
Revelations succeeds in pretty much disregarding the neutral standpoint from the first film. Taking place about 3-5 years after the original, it presents a dec-at-best followup with couple new pieces of evidence, and shifts the focus almost entirely to the stepfather of one of the victims. Is the evidence important? Of course. But the movie as a whole just didn't have the same feeling as the first one. It basically forces the audience into a corner with who they're supposed to support. Don't corner me, dog! It'll be interesting to see how this quadrilogy pans out with the next installment.
This is the one were nothing gets resolved. It's a bit of a recap for people who missed part one and "where are they now" of sorts with everyone involved in the first documentary. The filmmakers and HBO this time took the opportunity and their soap box to go on the offensive. The first movie was a faithful telling of what was going on in that courtroom. This is a personal attack on everyone involved on the prosecution's side and a plea for help for those three still very young men.
What stands out the most is the bizarre, award-worthy acting job put on by John Mark Byers, the stepfather of one of the young boys who was murdered. He…
I am slowly but surely getting through these. They are fantastic but tough sits.
A bit repetitious with so many clips from the first movie, but still it is reassuring how it shows that there are supportive people willing to help the defendants prove their innocence for free, as well as the irony that it is to assume that someone else is guilty because of his appearance.
This is definitely an interesting and informative follow up to the original, but the importance of the subject gets lost in the Mark Byers show.
One he's on screen it's just exploitative madness and in making him the villain just distracts from the true injustice of the situation.
If you've seen Paradise lost and just want more of the story then check it out, if not then skip it.
A deeply upsetting follow up to the 1996 original, Revelations really gives you a sense of the police force and the wider community circling the wagons against the scrutiny of the filmmakers with only one peculiar parent becoming the centre of attention.
Seeing this again with the prior knowledge gained of both West of Memphis and 3: Purgatory makes this a far more frustrating watch the second time around. Ultimately, the focus is drawn to an individual who's eccentricities (and what appears to me both mental and emotional degradation) bring him under suspicion. What this does, perhaps, is distract the this feature from other potential suspects and lead down a more driven but ultimately misguided path.
Of course, hindsight is…
The second installment takes sides more explicitly than the first but is no less compelling for having done so.
" And for you morons, imbeciles and fools that thin I had anything to do with it. GO TO HELL, GO TO HELL. I love my wife more than any man would love their wife on the face of the earth. I'd die for her."
I personally liked this one better than the first one and now after watching this one I am super skeptical of these 3 committing the murders. I think Mark Byers seems to be more on edge and more reactive and violent than Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelly and Jason Baldwin. This has completely changed my mind on the 3.
HBO know how to make a fucking good documentary, watching this makes me want to look into this case more.
My experience of watching this was a bit tricky since I've already seen part 3, but damn, Byers is such a character that this still counts as a must-see.
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