This became such an instant crew classic the night we watched it in Jason DiNovi's basement during a birthday party in eighth grade, and rewatched every night thereafter for probably six months, that it's easy for me now to consistently forget how good it actually is - there are so many moments, particularly in the superior back half, where information is revealed (like who shot Mr. Orange, my favorite example) that illuminates not only previously darkened patches of plot but…
Ironic that Atom Egoyan, certainly no slouch in the puzzling-out-small-town-tragedies department, brings almost nothing to the table in this semi-dramatic retreading of some comically overtrod material. While a few moments of suspense are generated as Colin Firth's Ron Lax digs into the more fantastic and ridiculous claims made against the three Arkansas teens who came to be known (and popularly championed) as the West Memphis Three, the bulk of Devil's Knot can be experienced firsthand in Joe Beringer and Bruce…
"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined…