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Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Graphic biopic on notorious murder trial is too sensational.

Movie NR 2011 92 minutes
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It's a jumbled work that trades insight for sensation, and whatever interesting questions could be raised about this notorious trial aren't given enough room to breathe. The film chooses to simply rehash everything in gory detail and let viewers decide for themselves. No one knows what really happened the night of the Meredith Kercher murder in Perugia, Italy, in November of 2007, and unfortunately, nothing in the film gets us any closer to finding out.

Instead, we have a sensational amount of graphic detail and bloodshed, a decent turn by Hayden Panetteire, but a biopic so fascinated with the lurid detail that we never get a sense of these characters other than what feels like a lot of straight-from-the-headlines patchwork after the fact. And because there's so much real-life disturbing detail about this murder, which was thought to be everything from a drug deal gone bad, to a violent group sex orgy gone bad, to a simple argument between flatmates gone bad, it's just a sickening watch from start to finish, with Knox's alleged weird behavior tossed in just enough to make you question her sanity, if not guilt. Unless you have a vested interest in seeing what you've likely already read years ago, it's probably not worth watching.

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