Type: Documentary (Netflix)
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Director: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn
Duration: 1 hr 32 mins
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: Amanda Knox, a Seattle native, ventured off to Italy to study abroad in 2007. Shortly after settling into her cozy temporary home, her roommate, Meredith Kercher, is viciously murdered in their house.
Amanda and her Italian boyfriend quickly become suspects and end up spending the next several years trying to fight the accusations.
Was Amanda actually involved in Meredith's murder, or was she in fact, in the wrong place at the wrong time?
What I loved: I have always been intrigued by this case, but never conducted much research past the basics. Sure, I listened to the Amanda Knox episode on The Generation Why Podcast,
and watched the made-for-TV movie starring Hayden Panettiere, but I never dug any deeper.
Due to my less than satisfactory knowledge of the case, I went headfirst into this doc with a very biased opinion that Amanda was guilty without a doubt. However, I felt much differently after watching.
Generally, Netflix does a fine job keeping their investigative programs un-biased, and Amanda Knox is no exception. It is a very low-level overview of the case, but I felt I was able to learn both sides of the story.
I was also impressed with how many original "players" were featured in this doc including Amanda, Guiliano, the original prosecutor, one of the main journalists whom had covered most of the case, and more.
What was truly fascinating about Amanda Knox was just how much of an impact the media had on the case and how it pressured the Italian police and investigators to rush procedure and potentially botch the findings at the crime scene.
What I didn't: As well produced as this documentary was, I truly think Netflix dropped the ball on a potentially larger opportunity here. I think this doc was far too condensed and excluded an immense amount of information. I believe Netflix had the material to pull of another Making a Murderer-esque docu-series, instead of a short documentary.
I also felt the writers/directors failed to press Amanda on specific issues including, but not limited to her behavior after the murder, during questioning, during her trials, and more.