“My dad used to say “You don’t earn trust by telling people how good you did. You earn it by saying the hard stuff.” Now, our greatest asset as an agency is that people believe in us. But if we lose that trust, we might not ever get it back.” – Gary Noesner
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Comprehensive look at the assault and siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco in 1993.
My Take on it – This is a mini-series that I’ve been interested in watching ever since it came out.
The story of the assault in Waco has always fascinated me and this 7 hour miniseries is able to give a much more comprehensive look at everything that happened.
The film doesn’t shy away from showing the strife between both sides of this conflict but also show the many disagreements between the various Federal agencies assigned to this case.
The choice to ficus on the dialogue for negotiation between the sides gives a nice look at the situation because it tries to downplay any violence involved during this time.
Taylor Kitsch is great as David Koresh and Michael Shannon is also superb as the Federal negotiator doing his best to end everything in a peaceful and bloodless way.
The film shows how controversial everything was at the time and the fact that there are still unanswered questions about these events after nearly 3 decades says so much about how unclear and difficult the situation truly was.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle initially conceived the project as a feature film. That original work eventually developed into a film script that ended up being around 150 pages. Concerned about its length, the brothers even changed the margins in an attempt to make the script shorter and therefore increasing their chances of interesting a studio. Eventually, Drew decided to convert their film project into a limited series, despite never having attempted that sort of format before. After bringing their project to The Weinstein Company, the producers agreed that the story would best be served in a longer format. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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