Well, if you couldn't tell from the title, "Devil's Knot" has a dose of hell within it's icy grip. This film deals with the occult, the darkness of evil and at it's core devil worshipers. Now don't run because this movie involves more than that, but fundamentally several people in Memphis felt that satanic practices were responsible for this horrific tragedy in '93.
So What's It About?
The movie begins by showing a very energetic young boy named Stevie Branch and his mother walking home from school. The young boy asks his mother, Pamela, if he can go play with his friends for a little while before she goes to work. Now, what child doesn't want to hang up the school books and pal around with their favorite chums after a long day of education? So, Stevie's mother, (Witherspoon) agrees and allows her son to ride his bike for a little while.
Unfortunately, Stevie(Jurgensmeyer) doesn't return home before his mother goes to work and this has her very concerned. Her husband, Terry(Nivola) states that he will look for the boy while she's away, but when he returns to pick her up, Stevie is still missing. This is a mother's worst nightmare, her child is lost.
From there, the real story begins as to the town tries to find out where Stevie and his friends could have gone and who may have seen them last. It's literally a manhunt through the woods and town with tons of questions and closed doors turning up nothing. So where have the children gone? What could have happened and how far will Pamela go to find out the truth.
We were left in amazement by the response of several towns-members and how the judicial system can literally flip a case on it's face. It seems like Pamela and Ron Lax(Firth) are the only two people in search of an honest truth. When you see the film, you'll know what we're talking about, but let's just hope none of us ever have to deal with an evil of this magnitude.
"Devil's Knot" is one of those films that you don't watch with your children, but you will think of them while watching. It's a chilling story, a sad one, but also showing many wrongs that can happen when you've been marked as a target. We recommend this film for viewers that like a little controversy within their entertainment, as well as, those looking to see another side of Reese Witherspoon's acting talents. Enjoy!
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