Desert One (2019)


“This was interesting stuff. How often do you get a chance to see a tornado coming right down the street? You wanna watch it. It might be stupid, counterproductive, dangerous. But it’s the kind of thing people do.” – Mike Metriko

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the failed rescue mission that was sent to break out the American Embassy Hostages from Iran in 1979.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I came across by accident and was quite intrigued to watch due to my brief knowledge on the events of the hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

They do a wonderful job here giving us such a fascinating look at these events.

We easily are able to get a clear impression regarding all of the factors that were able to contribute to the fact that this mission ended up failing.

The interviews are great here because they let us hear the perspectives of some of the hostages, some of the terrorists, some of the men who were on the mission, politicians and family members affected by these events.

This film goes into much detail out the way that the plan for the rescue was formed and how it was eventually implemented.

In order to allows us to get a clearer look at how some of these events transpired, they expertly utilize animation in order to help visualize things.

Bottom Line – Fascinating documentary that is able to give us a real clear impression about all of the factors that contributed to this rescue mission not working in the end. They give us some really intriguing interviews with some of the hostages, some of the politicians involved in the plan and with some of the soldiers who were sent on this mission.  The story plays out really well and they go into comprehensive detail about how things moved along with the plan for the rescue. They utilize animation in a great way to show certain aspects of the plan in a more visual way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The occupants of the C130 are looking out of the left-hand paratroop door at the fire; someone closes the door but it slides left to right. The paratroop door opens vertically, so it should slide down to close. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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