TV DivaGal just finished watching Lifetime’s rendition of Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, and I can understand why the real-life parties involved have demanded the movie be pulled from tonight’s broadcast.
Through grisly flashbacks, the telecast plays out its version of the murder of Meredith Kercher, the 21-year-old British student who was murdered in the town of Perugia, Italy, in November 2007. Her roommate, Amanda Knox, an American, was sentenced to 25 years in an Italian prison for the crime in 2009. Currently, the case is on appeal.
Lifetime doesn’t really take sides here (though a lot of the circumstantial evidence does seem to point at Amanda). Instead, they try to play out both sides of the story: showing how being investigated — and subsequently charged with murder — could wear down any 20-year-old, and how devastating it is that Meredith’s life was wiped out, and no one has truly taken blame of the murder.
People might be surprised by the grittiness Hayden Panettiere, who starred as a kick-ass cheerleader on Heroes, brings to her portrayal of Amanda. You’re not sure whether to feel for her, or believe she is truly evil. After viewing, I can assure you I’m still on the fence. And that is unsettling.
Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy airs Monday, Feb 21 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.