The Motive is a crime documentary TV series directed and produced by Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudry and is currently streaming on Netflix with a run time of 31 to 43 minutes each episode with audio in Hebrew/Arabic and subtitles in English.
Netflix describes The Motive as:
”In Jerusalem 1986, a 14-year-old boy shoots his family point-blank in their beds. Yet questions persist. In this docuseries, insiders come forward”.
– The Motive review does not contain spoilers –
The Motive series is about an underage boy living with his family members in Jerusalem. He fires a bullet at all his family members lying in their beds. The question lies in what was the motive when they were a happy family. The answers to all the questions lie inside the documentary series.
A 14-year-old teenager got up randomly from his sleep and took out his father’s rifle as he belonged to the military force and was given to keep at home for safety and fired bullets at his parents and two sisters. This crime happened in the year 1986 and shook the nation as well as the police as a teenager was found guilty of such a heinous crime. This documentary series comprises of 4 episodes where the only survivor gives a glimpse of the tragedy that happened in the house back then and spills the beans around the mystery.
The teen however claims to have encountered a strange thought which made him commit the crime. Through this documentary, the boy’s lawyer has come forward and given some reasons and motives behind his action. The case went on getting more mysterious as the investigation started and gave out very minimal conclusions. There have been many assumptions and hypotheses on the teenager’s mindset while doing the crime.
To date, no one could predict the true motive of the boy and have been only speculating and framing opinions based on their own understanding of the case. As the boy was a minor he was taken to psychiatrists but no concrete motive was found out or could be concluded to solve the case. The teenager’s therapists can also be seen in the documentary expressing their views and observations about this case.
The boy gave a statement that a green-colored monster came into his brain and forced him to kill all his family members. The boy’s lawyer comes forward in this series and makes a huge claim that the boy told a lie about the green monster and there was no such thing. Many psychologists tried to find out the mental state or the motive of the boy after this tragic incident struck in Jerusalem. But the case remains complicated and a closed book since it started.
The name of the Israeli boy was never revealed to the world as he was a minor at that time and was sent to juvenile custody. In the docuseries, the last surviving sister of the boy becomes emotional as she recalls the funeral and all the death and destruction around her. The boy reenacts his actions at the crime scene as a part of an investigation and says that he was under someone else’s control and if he was fine he would have never murdered his family.
The Motive contains statements of the boy’s girlfriend, school teacher, cops, counselors, and lawyers about the behavior of the boy. It is full of darkness, crime, blood, and murder. Overall The Motive doesn’t have any entertaining elements or vibes which makes it a dull series to watch psychologically. The direction, story, and screenplay is good attempt at showcasing an even based on true occurrence.
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