"West of Memphis"Documentary Premieres*** (three stars)"I feel like I'm putting pieces of a puzzle together," says Pam Hobbs, mother to one of three 8-year-old boys savagely murdered in 1993 Arkansas. "And I'm so scared."
Those same words should resonate with anyone coming to the contentious, controversial subject of the West Memphis Three for the first time through Amy Berg's new documentary film," West of Memphis."
This gritty, two and a-half hour chronicle will be welcome grist to the thousands who supported Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelly, Jr. in their final, successful bid for freedom last August after more than 18 years of imprisonment based on dubious evidence and witnesses who later recanted. For "WM3" newbies without a grasp of the basics, it could prove a disorienting slog through the marshes of a criminal case already committed to film in three HBO documentaries directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.