Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Film: Tower

A spontaneous trip to the cinema and this documentary Tower was the most immediate so I chose to see this. It tells the events of 1966 when a lone sniper took post at the top of the University of Texas tower and started shooting at the people below, killing 13 and injuring many others.

Told through a medium of archive footage and rotoscoped animation of people reliving their memories of that day, the end result becomes one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I knew nothing of the events of that day (In the UK 1966 is known as the year England won the World Cup) and knew nothing of the documentary, but I was pulled in and hooked from the outset.

The people who have pulled this together have done an incredible job and this ought to be shown to more than opportunistic cinema goers. Although the events were over 50 years ago, there's a synergy to events of today. As laws are passed that insinuate terrorist atrocities are caused by foreigners the US needs to remember that some of their more grisly atrocities were caused by their own, and it also reaffirms the thought that not everyone should be given access to firearms, which is apt in a week where the president announced the lifting of a rule that prevented the mentally ill from owning a gun.

Do try to see this, and to try to see this as I did I've not spoiled anything.


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