Internet’s Role in One This Shocking Burglary


Netflix’s The Real Bling Ring Hollywood Heist is here and we get to know about the people behind one of Hollywood’s biggest incidents in 2009. Here is the real story of two of the perpetrators Alexis Neiers and Nick Prugo who look back to the events and how much they’ve moved forward.

The show follows the events and people who in a way pushed them to commit these crimes and the media that blew up the case like no other. This documentary will show you how the internet became one of the biggest reasons why this crime was possible.

Netflix’s synopsis reads:

A group of LA teenagers arrested in 2009 for stealing from celebrity homes inspired a media frenzy and a movie. Now, two of them tell their stories.

-The Real Bling Ring Hollywood Heist Review contains Mild spoilers-

The documentary starts with Alexis Neiers and Nick Prugo revisiting their childhood days in the Hollywood valley and how their lives went from simple-minded children whose fascination with fame changed their lives.

It starts with Nick talking about his earlier days, his friendship with Rachel (another perpetrator of the famous heist), and how these two started this big heist. Going from petty theft to breaking into Paris Hilton’s house, these two got all the help they needed from the internet to successfully play out their theft.

The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. (L to R) Alexis Haines and Nicholas Prugo in The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Next, we have Alexis talking about her childhood which became a mess after her parent’s divorce and their mother who made them fall into huge debts. The big impact her mother had on her love for fame is evident through her recollection of those days.

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The documentary begins in this way and through the recollection of those events, we can say that it wasn’t just the messed up minds of the teenagers that led to this big incident, but also the easy accessibility of celebrity information.

It is known that the 2000s was a time when anyone could become a celebrity and with the rise of the internet, this need for fame only got worse among teenagers. Those years were just the rise of this yearning for the spotlight because as we can see, it has only gotten worse today.

Throughout the documentary, we see the various individuals connected to these two perpetrators and their attitudes toward what happened back then. While there is some regret for what happened among these people, it cannot help us overlook that their love for fame and publicity got them to do the wrong things in the first place.

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The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. Alexis Haines in The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Also, while the two perpetrators are trying to come clean about what happened back then while also showing some regret, there are hints of the teens who once seemed for fame that surfaces on their faces. It is quite evident that Nick is not happy about Alexis becoming the face of the Bling Ring while he is put on the sidelines.

Altogether, this documentary seems quite pointless to a certain extent because these fame seekers getting another round of publicity after having traumatised people is certainly not right.

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But we cannot disagree that while this may look like a whitewashing attempt for these individuals, this is just the creators’ way of looking at the internet from a different point of view. This is a show of how the internet creates fame seekers who can also take a dangerous turn.

Also, the distortion between the real and fake is soon disappearing which only creates more trouble for future generations.

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The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. Nicholas Prugo in The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Summing Up: The Real Bling Ring Hollywood Heist

This is definitely more than just another crime documentary because it brings our attention to bigger problems that we are heading towards because of our need for the spotlight.

We cannot deny that this internet generation loves fame and are ready to get it in any way possible. As this documentary takes us back to one of the biggest troubles it had caused in the past while it was still in the growing phase, this is a chance to look toward the troubles that are waiting for us in the future.

As the line between real and fake fades at a fast pace, we will forget to look in front of us instead of looking at our screens.

This is a good watch to let us know the dangers of the internet and should not be missed.

Watch The Real Bling Ring Hollywood Heist on Netflix.

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