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Amanda Knox [Import]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but way too soon May 2 2011
With the appeals process barely begun, I'm not sure how useful an Amanda Knox movie is. Maybe she did it, maybe she didn't. Many people (excluding those affiliated with the disturbed True Justice group, anyway) have read the numerous books and articles and have concluded: they just can't decide who really killed Meredith Kercher. Was it Amanda and Raffaelle? Rudy Guede? This film doesn't answer those questions conclusively (nor should it) but until this appeal is finished, I think it was premature to film the story. The Kercher family's feelings should have been considered, they did not want to see this on TV.

But it's filmed, and out, and here's my review.

This is a one-watcher, not something you'll pop in the DVD player whenever you want some drama or intrigue. I was impressed with the visual attention to detail. Hayden Panetierre is a talented young actress and she seems to do her best with the material available to her. It's the look of things that I liked -- she looks like Amanda, and the other actors look like the people they are supposed to be. A lot of events happen on screen the way that we've read. Others do not. The police investigation portion was interesting. The trial portion was too brief. The conclusions were open-ended. It is what it is. It wasn't jaw-dropping and it wasn't terrible. However, with Amanda behind bars appealing, and Meredith's murder still in question, it's also not over.

If you like the true crime genre, this may appeal to you, but emotions still run high. I saw it, I was relatively unaffected by it, although it was nice to have visuals to go with the books.

3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. March 20 2014
By Maria Beatrice Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
It was good enough to keep me from being bored. It had good actors not a bunch of unknown ones. I would say that it is worth watching.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just ok Nov. 9 2011
By ray - Published on Amazon.com
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Doesn't really give facts. There is a lot of assumption here. The acting is not great, and it seems like they are glamorizing the sad murder.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hold off a minute March 30 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Regardless of anything, this book is based off another book called, "Angel Face, the true story of student killer Amanda Knox.
That should say everything...
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is exploitative trash Feb. 3 2014
By Antonio De Anda - Published on Amazon.com
Like most "true life" crime fiction, this movie is garbage. It lacks reality, depth and any attempt at investigative exposition. Instead, it shrugs off its responsibilities in favor of melodrama and emotional pandering. Slap on a few big name stars for the credits and call it a day. This is the worst of Hollywood. Made even worse by the fact that it has the ability to affect a story that is still very much in progress. Everyone who made or was involved with it should be ashamed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Notorious International Murder Takes Center Stage In A Fictionalized, And Premature, Lifetime TV Movie Presentation March 1 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone familiar with the realm of Lifetime made-for-TV movies can readily identify their "ripped from the headlines" approach toward notorious legal cases. This tried and true formula has been evidenced in countless Lifetime films through the years and I'm quite sure that there will be little deviation from established success. At times, though, one would have to consider--when is it too soon? With the 2011 premiere of "Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy," the question becomes all the more relevant. The movie aired in February, just two months after an appeal was granted for the real life Knox and in the same month her parents were indicted by Italian police for abuse claims they were making publicly. In reality, this particular incident is still very much under scrutiny and alive in the legal system. So to have it tried as a fictionalized TV movie seems somehow suspect. While the film doesn't make an outright proclamation of actual events, it certainly seems to endorse the position that Knox is guilty. And whether or not she is--it seems that there is no need to unnecessarily muddy the waters with a "based on" accounting that amounts to a great deal of fiction for dramatic purposes.

Off my soapbox, I will now look at "Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy" as a purely fabricated account for entertainment purposes. Hayden Panettiere portrays Knox, an American student studying in Italy who is accused of participating in the sexual assault and murder of her British roommate. Her actions, along with her boyfriend, are immediately drawn into question when the body is discovered at the beginning of the film. With her story not ringing true, Knox is subjected to an intense police investigation in which her story varies dramatically along the way. Eventually, three people (including Knox) are brought to trial for this brutal crime. As far as the investigation, the film does a good job in dramatizing the sequence of events as well as the evidentiary trail. The actors are capable and the film strives for an even handed tone. The actual trial seems a bit rushed--but, all in all, (discounting your personal feelings on the matter) this is a fairly successful fictional crime drama.

Fans of Panettiere may appreciate this change-of-pace role, but despite a couple of nice moments--she has realtively little to work with. Knox is portrayed as a somewhat distant character and, as such, appears throughout the film as emotionally disconnected and blank. More concerned with canoodling with her boyfriend than in facing the realities of a police investigation, it certainly isn't a role that elicits much sympathy. One of our greatest character actors, Marcia Gay Harden, is on hand as Knox's mother--but is largely underutilized. For me, it is Vincent Riotta who provides the film's most compelling depiction as the prosecutor in charge of the case. As a made-for-TV movie, this really isn't a terrible film--in fact, it is a very decent police procedural even as it plays fast and loose with the actual facts. As a fiction, it's fine--but it is fiction! KGHarris, 3/11.
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