KILLING FOR LOVE REVIEWED
“Killing for Love” tries to bring an international aspect to those Making a Murderer style documentaries. University of Virginia students Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom are in love. The problem is that Elizabeth’s parents are constantly interfering in her life. Elizabeth has the idea to kill them, but wants to use Jens as a cover. Jens agrees since his dad is a German diplomat. Unfortunately, the state of Virginia saw things differently. Now, Jens continues to sit behind bars while proclaiming himself to be innocent.
The usual claptrap about false confessions and manipulate coverage are present. Plus, you get a ton of talking heads giving their take on what happened. What never takes place is a tight edit that presents this material in a coherent matter. Honestly, I wish that this documentary could’ve developed into a series. A four or six part series would give this matter the attention it deserved. Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t around to save all of these ideas.
I did like the idea of Daniel Bruhl and Imogen Poots reading testimony from Jens and Elizabeth. It’s almost like the filmmakers knew they needed something to dress up the material.
- 2.39:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1