The Looming Tower (2018)


“I find out early this morning that the Agency raided Ahmed Salama Mabruk. Did they invite the Bureau to ride along? Do they call on me to pass on intel, or do I need to learn about this sh*t all by myself? I’m done. We’re gonna start acting on our own, here and overseas. Let me ask you something. How many Arabic speakers do we have in the Bureau? [no response] Anybody? Eight. Thank you. Eight Arabic speakers out of more than 10,000 agents. That’s how seriously our government takes this threat.” – John O’Neill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The FBI and CIA squabble over jurisdiction in the fight against world terrorist as the day of 9/11 becomes closer and closer.

My Take on it – This is a miniseries that I came across not long ago and was quite intrigued to see what it was all about.

They keep things intriguing throughout and allow us to see that the political infighting among the government agencies helped contribute to many mistakes along the way in the fight against global terrorism.

Jeff Daniels is superb in the lead role here and allows us to understand that despite his personal flaws both at work and at home, his dedication is above all else to the nation and he does all he can to fulfill his job.

The dialogue is quite good, but too often it digresses to very technical jargon which hinders more than helps especially when dealing with a 10 hour miniseries.

The events chronicled in this film span the course of a few years and the way they connect the events comes across as seeming quite plausible the entire time.

Besides the main story thread, this film also allows us to see how the stress of this kind of job can affect people on a very personal levels especially when dealing with family issues and relationships.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing miniseries that shows how political infighting among the various government agencies was as much of a factor in the big loss on 9/11 as the terrorist groups themselves were. Daniels is superb in the lead role and despite his personal flaws both at home and in the office, it is clear that he has the needs of the nations as a high priority. The dialogue is fine here, but sometimes it gets a bit too technical for its own good which hinders more than helps. The story chronicles event over the span of a few years and they manage to find a way to show the connection between the various events that occur along the way.  In addition to the lead storyline, they also allow us to see how the stress of this kind of work can affect people on a personal level especially when it comes to relationships and family. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “40 North” was the working title for the series. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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