People are disappointed Netflix's 'best show of the year' doesn't focus on the victim enough
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One of Netflix's most popular new true crime documentaries has got viewers all asking the same thing, with many wondering why the victim seemingly wasn't at the centre of the story.
The journalist boarded inventor Peter Madsen's submarine in 2017, and in 2018 he was found guilty of her murder despite his changing story about what happened. Wall boarded the submarine in August 2017, and her mutilated body was found by passersby in Copenhagen 11 days later.
Madsen was sentenced to life in jail in 2018 when a court dismissed his claim that Wall's death was an accident.
Now, a true crime documentary on Netflix has detailed the shocking case, with a synopsis from the streaming giant saying: “Filmmaker Emma Sullivan was looking to profile eccentric inventor Peter Madsen and his homemade rocket for a documentary. Instead, she captures incriminating footage that helped convict him of the murder of journalist Kim Wall.”
However, not all viewers have found it so absorbing.
In fact, viewers say they have been left baffled by who Wall is, complaining the documentary doesn't set the scene in enough detail. Some viewers also claimed the documentary focuses more heavily on Madsen as the killer, rather than Wall as the victim.
After watching the documentary, one viewer tweeted: "Sorry, but I thought this doc was crap. Badly made, and the pick-meish ways of that anonymous woman irked my soul.
"I understand the psychology of it, but it p*ssed me off. And the lack of focus on Kim Wall, the actual victim, was kinda gross tbh. She deserved better. #IntoTheDeep."
Another shared their view, claiming the documentary failed to give any background on Wall: "Netflix's Into the Deep documentary on journalist Kim Wall's murder is disturbing for so many reasons, but the complete absence of her – and who she was – is staggering."
Another agreed, saying the documentary is much more focused on Madsen and his role as the killer: "If you are interested in the story of the murder of Kim Wall in Denmark, the new Netflix documentary (Into the Deep) is really interesting but it's really focused on the killer. The HBO one (Undercurrent) is much more about the life and loss of Kim."
Another viewer praised the storytelling but claimed the heavy focus on Madsen was 'horrifying'. They wrote: "The murder of Kim Wall is one that stayed with me. Emma S. has done a good job showcasing the emotions of people around Peter Madsen and what followed, it focuses a little too much on Madsen, but having shot the footage, not knowing what was to come, what a horrifying thought."
They followed up their tweet adding that the lack of detail on Wall was 'staggering': "+ Kim Wall is only mentioned in this by name as the victim, we never learn more about her as a person, journalist etc. it's quite staggering on just how much she is not in this, given she is the victim of Madsen. I wonder if this is a choice or legal/right's issues? #KimWall".
Despite this, the doc has received widespread praise from critics and fans alike, even being hailed as the 'best show of the year'.
Into The Deep is available to watch on Netflix now.
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