June 12, 2014 2:10 pm

Devil’s Knot – film review

Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in a superfluous dramatisation of the West Memphis killings
Colin Firth in 'Devil's Knot'

Colin Firth in 'Devil's Knot'

Filmmaker Atom Egoyan once seemed a Canadian on the cusp of the canonic (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter). But Devil’s Knot takes a cracking true-life tale and cracks it to pieces. Why even make a dramatised version of the West Memphis killings, those triple-homicide child murders with subsequent travesties of justice that have inspired four documentaries to date? A bemused Colin Firth, playing a private eye, wanders about with a bemused Arkansas accent. Reese Witherspoon is better, but not film-savingly, as a bereaved mum. The whole thing is ill-scripted, ill-directed and, worst of all, superfluous.

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Nigel Andrews


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