Those Netflix promos for the Amanda Knox doc didn't change anyone’s mind

Sep 8, 2016 at 3:43 p.m. ET
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The Amanda Knox case has stumped investigators and the public for nearly a decade. Though Knox was acquitted twice, lingering questions about her involvement in her roommate's murder still persist.

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Now Netflix is releasing a documentary that will chronicle both sides of the story, and they've released two promos — one called "Believe Her," and the other called "Suspect Her."

In the first, the promo paints a picture of Knox as a victim. She is shown in a more sympathetic light with tears and music to match.


In the second, the tone is a bit darker, casting doubt on Knox's claims that she wasn't involved in the murder at all.


What is most captivating about the promos is not really the question of Knox's guilt or innocence, but rather, the fact that this situation — given the evidence they had against Knox — could really happen to anyone.

When we asked the SheKnows team to weigh in on their thoughts based on the promos, I expected some to feel she was guilty while others would think she was innocent. Instead, what we got is a whole ton of sympathy for Knox. Though some were on the fence about her guilt, it wasn't because they actually thought she was guilty but rather, they were withholding final judgment until getting more information from the series.

All in all, we seemed to agree that the promos definitely do a good job of painting Knox as innocent or, at the very least, deserving of some reasonable doubt. The "Suspect Her" promo leaves much to be desired when it comes to actually looking at Knox as a viable suspect.

Here's what the SheKnows team had to say.

Adriana Velez, Food Editor: Innocent

I thought the innocent trailer was more effective. She's more emotional. You get that horror of being falsely accused of murder in a foreign country, how scary that would be, how confusing. The second one... eh, I didn't feel like they made a compelling enough case.

Colleen Stinchcombe, Experts Editor: Innocent

They talk about how she was doing “cartwheels” and how that wasn’t something a grieving person does. That kind of talk is extremely problematic to me. We have this idea that grief looks like one thing — sobbing, heartbroken — and that anything that deviates from that is a kind of implication to someone’s guilt. But I feel like grief looks like a million things, and whether it “looks” like someone is grieving is really poor evidence.

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Kaitlin Racine, Experts Editor: Undecided

What stood out the most in the sympathetic trailer was that they portrayed her as kid playing at being a grown-up and how the ordeal really drove that home for her. Although, that does sound a bit like a justification for doing ill deeds as well. In the guilty trailer, they're trying to make you think she's a psychopath, but fail to show any damning evidence of her being one.

Kristine Cannon, Entertainment Editor: Innocent

The "innocent" promo definitely hit me hard. It made me feel for her — especially the shots of her crying.

Melissa Kirsch, Deputy Editor: Innocent

The tears were a little much, but damn, what she went through, she’s probably on the verge of tears always and forever now. I believe she’s innocent, I believe this documentary is going to do little to shake my conviction, and I’m a little disappointed because I really want to be convinced otherwise. But I have a feeling I’ll emerge thinking what is probably true: Rudy Guede did it.

Jessica Hickam, Assignment Editor: Innocent

The line where Knox said either she was "a psychopath in sheep's clothing" or she was "you" struck a chord with me. Whether or not Knox is guilty or innocent of the murder, there is no way she should have been convicted. The media, both here and abroad, had a field day with crazy, untrue stories about Knox that were so blown out of proportion. She was ostracized before the trial even began and without being given a fair chance.

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Lauren Joskowitz, Entertainment Editor: Undecided

The first time I watched the trailers, I was turned off by the sympathetic one. For some reason, the tears seemed forced and some of the comments seemed disingenuous. But watching both for a second time, the sympathetic trailer definitely gave me chills, while the guilty trailer did very little. I still don't have a solid stance on whether or not I think she's guilty, but I did feel sympathy towards her. In the same respect, she scared me. I'm torn, so bravo, Netflix, I'll have to watch the whole thing.

The Amanda Knox documentary will be released Sept. 30 on Netflix.

Do you believe Amanda Knox or suspect her based on the Netflix promos?

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