Spoilers reside in this article, do not read if you don’t want to know what happened to Steven Avery.
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos co-wrote and co-directed Netflix’s latest binge series, “Making a Murderer”. The show which is a real life thriller is based off a rather unfortunate man, Steven Avery. The ten episode series begins with the story of Avery and how at just 19 years old was sent to prison for being accused of beating and raping a young woman. After spending 18 years in prison, it was proven that Avery was innocent with newly discovered evidence, and he was able to finally go home. But, just two years later he is accused of an even more horrific crime, and the series focuses heavily on his publicized trial, making the audience question our legal system, Steven’s innocence and at times humanity.
“Making a Murderer“ was filmed over a 10 year period and is truly riveting. The directors did a fantastic job constantly keeping the audience engaged and at the edge of their seat throughout the show. They have fantastic interviews with family and lawyers, they have footage of interrogations and trials and even showcase legal documents that probably no one has ever seen before. Through out the ten episode series they are in constant contact with Steven, mostly through phone interviews but to see a man lose himself, and a big chunk of his life wasting away in prison for a crime he never committed is heart wrenching. But, what makes it all the more tragic is to witness his next case for an immense felony, and the possibility that he didn’t even commit this crime is beyond infuriating.
The series is quite biased, it is mostly filmed from the point of view of Avery and his family. But, after watching, it’s almost impossible to not be on Avery’s side. The cops, the prosecutor, even the judge are questionable and incredulous. After episode three, the audience will be completely hooked, and will want to research everything there is to know about Avery and his case, and make judgements for themselves as to whether or not he is innocent yet again.
The true life crime documentary is exasperating and sickening. There will be many frustrating moments, but the filming of this show is so captivating that no one wants to turn it off, in fear that maybe he will actually be proven innocent they’d miss that, or worse he’d be proven guilty and sentenced, or the audience believe he is innocent and is still sentenced to prison.
“Making a Murderer“ is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys thrillers, crime dramas, and documentaries. Also, to anyone who enjoys discovering a fascinating story about a young man, that will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence, even if it means losing everything he has. It took 10 years for this compelling story to be seen, and now audiences everywhere can witness and decide for themselves if Steven Avery is innocent. This horrifying tale is a nightmare that no one should ever have to live through, especially more than once. The strength and patience one man has to bring himself to fight for what he believes is right, stand up for his freedom, and attempt to prove his innocence is mind blowing, and a show that should not be missed.
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