TV Review: Making a Murderer

MAM_Vertical_Keyart_US.0One of the main trending topics in terms of television — especially when discussing Netflix original series — it’s easy to understand why Making a Murderer has become so popular. Not only is it twist after twist, cliffhanger after cliffhanger, but it’s all entirely true.

It seems as though the story of Wisconsin man Steven Avery is something of a Hollywood blockbuster, yet the events of this series are far from fictional. The documentary series takes us back to 1985 when Steven Avery was originally convicted of rape and sent to prison. He served an 18 year prison sentence before being exonerated in 2003 after some DNA evidence came to light, proving that it wasn’t him who carried out the crime. The series then follows Avery’s attempts to sue the local police force for damages costing 36 million dollars; but this search for justice is brought to a speeding halt when Avery is accused of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach by the same local police force. The documentary then goes on to cover the trials of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey; both of whom are taken into custody and given trials in association with the disappearance, abduction and murder of Teresa Halbach. The series was filmed over 10 years (2005-2015) and uses archive footage to show images prior to 2005.

To call Making a Murderer addictive would be a modest understatement, especially after being filmed over the course of 10 years (2005-2015). Blessed as you have the entire series at your fingertips, the 10 episode series continually ends on cliffhangers and open questions. It’s yet another Netflix show that satisfies your needs to binge watch, yet education and an active viewership supplements entertainment.

Making a Murderer delves into so much surrounding the police and the justice system, not only focusing solely on the Avery case. Do the rich receive better benefit from the justice system than the poor?  The question runs throughout the series, evidencing further corruption through forced confessions. The series gives an intelligent argument and outlook on the law and justice system, and how much we can really trust these supposedly dependable and honest systems. It really does seem to have caused an uproar after shifting the moral compasses and opinions of viewers, particularly on the verdict of Avery’s trial and the online campaigns that have stemmed since; one even receiving correspondence from Barack Obama himself!

The documentary series really has made a mark on modern popular culture, and has brought back such a style of filmmaking into light with a modern a topical subject matter.

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What did you think of Making a Murderer?

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– Heather Thornton

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