Tower

An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
Tower is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was as tense as I was captivated I decided to try out one of Wondrium's new offerings via their Kino Lorber library. I did not expect to be coupled to the screen for 96 minutes, ending without a dry eye in the room. Tower is a well-made, memorable insight that demonstrates both the best and worst of humanity. I found myself glued to the screen as the documentary blended rotoscope animation and archival footage taken on the day of the attack (I particularly enjoyed how it seamlessly transitioned between the two). Some of the scenes have you holding your breath in fear of the next fatal shot, giving you a sparse idea of what it felt like to be amongst the deluge of confusion, fear and uncertainty. The selfless acts of the many will leave you with a better idea of what humanity is capable of when they are forced to the brink. Recommended. A minor note: I did notice something that made me do a double take - the description. I am aware that there exists at the time of this writing a one-star "review" posted that slams the documentary for what it states in the description as: "An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting" (said reviewer did not watch it). To call a mass shooting documentary 'action-packed' is somewhat of an oversight, and not something I would deem appropriate considering the sensitivity of the subject matter. That much I agree with. Yet, it would have been a loss on my part had I chosen to discard the experience due to being triggered by said oversight. If you choose to go through life with a 2mm fuse and intentionally become frustrated at every imperfection, then you are going to lose out on many experiences and cause yourself much unwarranted strife in the process. If there is any take-away from watching this documentary, it is that life is short, and it may serve us well to sometimes reflect on what truly matters.
Date published: 2021-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tower lays out the facts so well Amazing reconstruction of the day of the tower shooting. Takes interviews and photage of the day and adds animation to illistrate the the interviews from back then. Some interviews from the present tie the impact all together. (Note that the rating that is bringing down the average says he didn't like the description of the movie and never saw the movie. I wish he had seen it. He is right, it should have been described as action-by-action instead of action packed.)
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Action-packed"? Wow. As I write this, the description of this video contains the following: "action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting". That could not be more tasteless and repulsive if it made a serious effort. I can't speak to the content of this video as the abhorrent description stopped me in my tracks. I really hope the description will be changed to show a little respect for human life and suffering. But if the description accurately describes the content and this site has gone from serious educational courses to "mass shooting as entertainment" I will definitely reconsider my subscription.
Date published: 2021-06-09
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Overview

An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

About

Keith Maitland
Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EDITOR) is the Emmy-nominated Director of THE EYES OF ME, a year-in-the-life of four blind teens, which broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens and received a Barbara Jordan Media Award. Director of documentary features, commercials, and TV series, his credits also include 7-seasons with NBC’s LAW & ORDER as an AD. Keith is currently developing narrative and documentary projects, and leading filmmaking workshops for incarcerated teens. He is a graduate of The University of Texas.

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Tower

01: Tower

An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

82 min