‘Making a Murderer’: Netflix’s ambition grows wider

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Last week, in one of its most ambitious moves yet, Netflix released a grisly true crime documentary series that took all of our collective breaths away. “Making a Murderer” tells the true story of Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated using DNA evidence after serving 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Two years after his release, Avery was once again convicted of a crime that he still maintains he didn’t commit. It’s a pretty wild, infuriating ride.

If you remember way back when, Netflix was a DVD delivery service where you created a queue and they delivered your movies to your house. Since those days, the service has transformed to a streaming service and again to a fully fledged production company. The huge popularity of “House of Cards” brought forth a slew of Netflix original series, including “Orange is the New Black” and the wonderful “Master of None.”

With “Making a Murderer,” the former DVD delivery company dips its toe into the true crime genre that has swept the nation in the last year or so. In a similar style of the podcast “Serial” and the HBO documentary series “The Jinx”, Netflix begins to weave a conflicting narrative that leaves you hurtling through each hour-long episode, culminating in the one of the saddest, most convoluted criminal cases of our time.

“Making a Murderer” is available on Netflix now!

 

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