The first trailer and poster for Atom Egoyan‘s Devil’s Knot arrived online today, a film that was picked up by Image Entertainment out of the Toronto Film Festival where I was able to see it, but wasn’t at all moved. In fact, my “D” review may have been a little kind given how empty and generic the film actually is.
Based on the well-known story of the West Memphis Three the film tells the story of the three teens arrested and charged with killing three children in a small Arkansas town. As I said in my review, the film just beats around the bush, and tells “a dramatized interpretation of the story that is nothing more than a Cliff’s Notes version of the events that lead up to the conviction of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin rather than the 18 years that followed, which are tidily addressed in a postscript just before the credits roll. Half courtroom drama, half melodrama, entirely worthless… this sums up Devil’s Knot in one sentence.”
Image hasn’t yet set a release date for the film, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan and Stephen Moyer, but I don’t expect it to have much of a release next year.
Give the trailer a watch below along with a first look at the film’s poster.