Oklahoma City (2017)


“When I first got there, I could see people trapped on different floors, and they needed to be rescued. And so I started my way into the building. I thought to myself “Why Oklahoma City? It’s a quiet place. Nothing happens here. It’s not supposed to happen here.”” – Jennifer Rodgers

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries to explore the cause of how a radical decided to make a bomb that would alter the way the country looks at the threat of militias.

My Take on it – This movie tries to show the stepping stones that led to the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1996 by an extremist.

I recall that fateful day and vividly remember how everyone around me and on the news believed that it was a foreign terrorist and the revelation a few days later that it was actually a radical militia man was mindblowing.

This film does a nice job showing the pattern and the bread crumbs that led to that disastrous day.

The way that they also inter-splice interviews with survivors and with rescue workers who were there that day helps add to the powerful repercussions of that day.

The biggest problem here is that this film doesn’t feel long enough or comprehensive enough because there is so much more to explore about this crime and the events that led up to it.

That being said, they do give a great overview of things here which is quite eye opening and scary to realize how such a thing occurred.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The blast destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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