Paradise Lost 3: PurgatoryClosed Captioning
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This 2012 Best Documentary Oscar®-nominee is the third installment in a series of films directed by acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky that investigate the wrongful murder convictions of three teenagers known as the West Memphis 3.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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- Fresh: 14
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- Average Rating: 7.9/10
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Fresh: The new film, despite the astounding story it tells, is the most conventional, least urgent and, cinematically, the least interesting of the three.
Fresh: Destined to rank as one of the major achievements in American documentary, the Paradise Lost project comes to a presumed end with Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
Fresh: First and foremost a testament to the power of the documentary.
Fresh: The new film is more informational than resonant. But you can still sense a vacuum, a rat pit of stories waiting to be unearthed. The dark something that triggered the whole ordeal in West Memphis is still out there.
I remember the day I heard that three little boys had been pulled from a creek with their arms and legs tied. And in those next months and years, I assumed that the teens who'd been charged and convicted of the crimes were guilty. Because nothing so crushingly shaming as their imprisonment (and death sentence for Echols) could happen to anyone who wasn't depraved and soulless. Then, I heard the doubts begin to be raised, and the first documentary came out. I woke up. The innocent can be convicted and there are no magically-appearing pathways that are available for them to save themselves.
"Purgatory" is the last of the three documentaries that show us how certain circumstances, however uncontrollable by us, can make us vulnerable to prejudices, and we must always insist that our justice system be fair and use critical thinking when investigating crime. Don't miss it.
A brutal reminder of how flawed the legal system can be.
if they did not do it then who did some sicko still runnin around