O.J. Made in America (2016)

Directed by Ezra Edelman

This is a compelling documentary about a horrific crime that took place on June 12th1994. It has been 25 years since and still is a case that stirs so much controversy and doubt as there are some who believe Simpson did it and some believe he did not.  I remember the trial and how the world seemed to stop the day the verdict was announced, some celebrate and others got really angry. In the end, it just made me sad that in the trial it seemed everything was important except those two people who lost their lives. 

The five-part documentary is such a compelling look at the case, that takes really inside the trial and really touches on some things that really open your eyes at the reality of the justice system and the influence of race in America. Even though the mini-series got a lot of things right, this is the best source for all those that want to hear from those who were there and it has a lot of great archive footage. I remember at that time all I knew of O.J. was that he made me laugh in those Naked Gun movies, I did not know the football hero or anything else. The power of celebrity sometimes influences the perception you have of them and at that time I remember thinking he could not have done it, he had no reason to do it. But, over the years it is my opinion that he did it, the evidence is too much and the trial’s evidence does not prove he did not do it, just proves that some procedures were done wrong and that the dream team of lawyers knew how to play the system. This trial makes me think of a great Bob Dylan song Hurricane that says that he was ashamed to live in a land where justice was a game. 

About the documentary itself, it provides a real look at Simpson. It focuses on his rise as a football player and his rise to fame in great detail and it continues until his recent arrest in Las Vegas. It also provides a deep look at the social ad racial aspect of America at that time. I don’t believe in race and the fact that his friends were mostly white people does not bother me just like if a white person had mostly black people, but in this case, it is shocking because the race factor was huge in the outcome of the trial. The best parts in the documentary are when we go to the trial itself. The circus that was that trial it is almost incredible and I believe the cameras allowed for the fact that two lives were lost and it seemed like that was not the main thing on trial. There were some revelations from O. J’s lawyer’s that really made me believe these guys just played the system and they used O.J. to put the LAPD on trial for Rodney King and other incidents with black people. Some of the things that blew me away was how they redecorated O.J.’s house to please the black juror’s, the glove thing and how they were sure that it was not going to fit so they manipulated the defense to ask him to try them on. And the jurors admitting that some voted because of the King incident in favor of O.J. also blew me away. I liked the documentary because it was not one-sided in the sense that just went to prove that O.J. did it, it just presents what happened and lets you decide. I do believe the prosecutor’s made key mistakes that the defense just was quick and smart to use in their favor. Like detective Fuhrman and the bad luck in having tapes that just proved him as a liar as he denied being a racist. 

All that is shown in the documentary just makes me think at all the loss that came because of that event. It is a sad documentary to see because it is full of tragedy, when you think of their kids and how they lost their mother and maybe growing up doubting it their father did it, the Goldman’s who lost their son and even society lost. Of course, that is my view and everyone has their opinions of what could have happened. To me the evidence is clear that it had to be him, it was just too many things in the crime scene to say he was framed, but that is just my opinion. It is one of those documentaries you wish would not exist but it did happen and there is much to learn in it. 



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