Amanda Knox (Film) Review 

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I’m free-styling this mother because frankly I haven’t the time to wrap it up like a Christmas present and leave it under the tree like I normally would (e.g. review it properly).

Hey, I’m doing Blogtober, and although I hope and pray all my posts are of a consistently decent quality, ain’t nobody got time for bells and whistles on every one of them. You get me?

I had to put some thoughts down on this documentary though, which I feel will feature in a future All Out of Bubblegum episode, because I’ve been obsessed with the case ever since I first read about it and this one gives us interviews with the two accused (convicted, aquitted, aquitted, free) central ‘characters’. What’s better than that?

Amanda Knox (2016)

IMDB Synopsis: American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

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“Just look directly into the camera, Aman… oh.”
By now there probably isn’t a man or dog who doesn’t know the story of Amanda Knox.

Accused of the 2007 killing of her then room-mate Meredith Kercher, Knox has always protested her innocence. As the story undulated and unfurled, Knox,or self-named ‘Foxy Knoxy’, found her every move scrutinised by the world.

In this Netflix Original feature-length documentary we not only hear from Knox herself and her boyfriend at the time of the murder (and fellow accused) Raffaele Sollecito but from Perugian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, who’s forever convinced she dunnit. More on him in a bit.

We also spend time with pantomime villain Nick Pisa, former Daily Mail journalist and all round douche-bag. He helps us to understand the media hubbub surrounding the case from the inside and describes the ‘scoop’ in such excitable terms that if he were before you, you would be hard pressed not to want to shove a Biro into his eyeball.

He never once acknowledges Kercher as a human being, nor shows any sort of sympathy for her family. That he comes across as the central villain of the piece is no surprise. He’s not the only media type stirring up a storm with tales of hot romps and uncovering pictures of Knox acting like a loon, he’s merely the spokesperson for a certain type of reporting but he is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

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Who’s got two open palms and is a total dickhead?
As the case wraps up years down the line and there is talk of everyone getting carried away with this ‘trial by media’, he washes his hands of all responsibility. The gist of his argument for adding fuel to an already frenzied fire is this: when you need to hit a deadline before anyone else, who has time to fact check, eh? Cheeky isn’t it? You’ll despise every fiber of his being with any luck.

Back to Knox though, who proves that Pisa isn’t the only person who failed to show any empathy for the victim. I may have blinked and missed it but there’s no point I remember her saying she was sorry to have lost her friend, albeit for just a short time. Even a neighbour or someone you once stood next to at the bus stop would elicit something more than she delivers. Off camera perhaps the story was different but who the fuck acts like that?

I think what I wanted to take away from this documentary was a clearer idea of whether the pair are guilty or not. It’s not cemented my view by any means but I do feel as though this time spent with Knox gives me a better understanding of why she acted the way she did, just hours after a horrible murder in her own fucking home.

I can totally imagine her committing such a crime. Whether or not she happened to do this one, who even knows? My heart says you can’t trust her. Superficially it’s that cold hard stare and that’s probably not fair. 

But she didn’t act normally afterwards, her behaviour has never been okay and she lied throughout the case, whether she really was pressured by the po-po or not.

I really hate that she accused her boss, a black man who had no involvement whatsoever in her private life. How dare she allow him to be caught up in this? I hate that Meredith Kercher’s family may never get enough justice for their daughter’s death.

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What? Put his shoes away?
This isn’t my best work review wise because my thoughts on Knox are all over the place. But I feel like that is the order of the day here. The case blew up because it involved hot young women who may or may not have been sexually empowered, a central figure who acted up in the face of tragedy, some shady secondary characters and a media explosion.

Mignini was like a dog with a bone but his crime scene was a fucking mess and that ultimately is what let them all down. Of course the story ended with Raffaele and Amanda being fully acquitted after a second trial, and petty local criminal Rudy Guede being imprisoned for the crime.

The official line is that Knox is innocent. She probably is. But I kind of want to believe she is a psychopath in sheep’s clothing because that’s the most compelling story, right? Maybe I’m as bad at Pisa?

Notice I’ve hardly said a word about Sollecito? I don’t think there’s much to say. He just seems like a nerd who got lucky and then very unlucky. I felt kind of sorry for him.

I recommend the documentary and I’m sorry if I haven’t really sold it. It opens quite graphically and pulls no punches about what the crime scene looked like. It’s incredibly sad. I feel for the Kercher family. I feel for all the families actually.

Watch it and let me know what you think, will you? I need to discuss it!

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Guilty of never driving herself anywhere
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Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (Film) Review

AKA. The longest, least charismatic film title in recent times. If it were me,81GWJ3Mb32L._SL1500_ I would simply of titled it: Knox. Punchier, innit?

Following Lovestruck: The Musical, this week we’re reviewing another straight-to-cable Lifetime movie, this time the true life story of the Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher murder mystery.

I’ve already conversed with Jillian about how hard I think it will be to review this, in that it does everything you need it to but just isn’t a) melodramatic or b) crap, enough.

But we’ll see. Like she assured me, we always manage.

*Spoilers!* – though that warning seems a little moot here, considering this is an extremely high-profile case, and most people and their dogs knows how the tale unfolded.

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011)

Director: Robert Dornhelm
Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Marcia Gay Harden

IMDB Synopsis: Based on the events surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

My Review: 

Hm. I suppose I should preface this review with the fact that I was obsessed with this case when it first came to trial. Amanda “Foxy Knoxy” Knox is alleged to have murdered her roommate, Meredith Kercher in a brutal attack that may or may not have been sexually motivated (more details here).

I guess we may never know if she’s innocent or not, but Knoxy certainly maintains that she is, and has done so, ever since she was first arrested for the crime.

But to the film. Is starts off with Knoxy, standing outside her apartment with slightly seedy looking boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito (slimey= obviously guilty). They are mumbling something to a cop about there having been a break in in the flat, broken glass and a wee bit of blood in the bathroom. Neither are particularly worried.

“Yes, that’s a large pepperoni, one garlic bread and six spicy wings, extra ketchup…”

Obviously neither party have had the sense to check the rooms inside the apartment, as unbeknownst to them (allllllegedlllly!), the mutilated body of Meredith lies on the floor of her room, covered in a quilt.

NB: Actually, I think they may have tried but found Meredith’s room locked from the inside, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one. 

The slightly grouchy police officer tries to break the door down, while Knoxy makes a call to her mother in America, waking her in the middle of the night and worrying her sick for no good reason, IMHO.

I mean at this stage, she thinks someone has broken a window but not actually taken anything. I always wait for something a bit more concrete before I get my own mother involved, you know?

Raff also makes a dodgily timed phone call, speaking to the police about a break in, while the police are actually inside the flat, dealing with said break in. I’m guessing he doesn’t know about this new fangled thing called phone records.

Anywho, everybody present, including another housemate, is shocked to the core when Meredith’s door is bashed down and her body is discovered.

I best add here that I was painting watermelons on my nails while viewing this movie and so some of the back and forth may have been lost on me. Like whose fingerprints were on what and whom, etc. Forgive me.

“Sì mi piace il tuo maglione stretto … “

The relationship between Raff and Knoxy is then illuminated via the medium of flashback, and we also go back to her first meeting with Kercher. We don’t really learn too much about their friendship other than that it soured somewhat towards the end because Knox was slutty in both senses of the word and conscientious Kercher wasn’t into it.

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“Save the cheerleader, save the world”

Shortly after Kercher is found, Knoxy surprises everyone with her carefree attitude, which is  not very in keeping with a bereaved person. She’s seen kissing Raff with abandon in the police station just before giving her first statement and shopping for fancy knickers like a women with no worries, whatsoever. She tells police she was home with Raff having sex on ‘the night’.

Later Raff sells Knoxy up the river and tells the Polizia that she’d left to go out and didn’t return to his place until the morning. Based on this she is arrested.

She is interrogated a lot and in all the excitement it seems as though she has certain scenarios ‘suggested’ to her. She names her former boss as the man who took Kercher home that night and he is subsequently arrested himself.

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“WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

Meanwhile, Mummy Knox flies into town and man, the Knox family seem nice. They are present every day of the trial and have to sit through Knoxy’s Trial by Media, during which she is ripped to shreds by the papers, TV and anyone who can, basically. Sadly, Knoxy’s apparent joy at being in the spotlight doesn’t really help her judgement. The girl does an awful lot of smiling and waving in the court house and boy, does that fuck people off.

Inevitably, Knoxy’s racy nickname comes to light, helping paint a portrait of an insatiable young woman hellbent on shagging, doing drugs and partying, with very little in between. It’s all too cliché, how very dare a young woman love sex? How dare she own a vibrator and carry condoms? Obvs a cold-blooded killer!

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“But I really want a blue hat too…”

The prosecution implies that Meredith strongly disapproved of this lascivious lifestyle, which caused a rift between the two women. Another dude is implicated in the murder along the way; Rudy Guede, who Kercher was supposedly seeing.

I’m sure it’s not ruining anything to say that Knoxy and Raff are found guilty and get sent down despite the fact there is little physical evidence to prove they’re involved.

Fin.

My Thoughts:

It’s all just a wee bit dull TBH. Hayden Pantene is perfectly adequate as Foxy Knoxy, although I don’t think there’s much of a likeness, physically. I’ve always been quite a fan of HP, mainly because of Heroes, which I loved with a capital ‘L’.

Marcia Gay is also quite good as Knoxy’s distraught mother who somehow manages to hold it together, where most would not.

I think maybe I would have liked more of a build up to the crime, more insight into the two women together. Just more, I’m not sure exactly what though.

It’s an inoffensive take on the story, I suppose. The acting isn’t bad, the scenery is far from hideous and it did what it said on the tin.

That’s it really. Did I expect more wailing; more melodrama and more of a clue as to whether Knoxy really dunnit? Probs yes to all those things.

My Rating:

3/5 – Average. I mean, would it have hurt them to toss in a brief musical interlude?

Lifetime movies should be cheesy as fuck and there needs to be a law passed to ensure this.

So, what did Jill think? Check it out here shortly!