Tower (2016) – Review

Recensie Tower

Although documentaries are about everyday life, this doesn’t have to mean that they have to be realistic in the way they are presented. Waltz with Bashir was one which was mainly animated, allowing it show surrealistic imagery. For the shocking events that took place at the university of Austin, Texas Tower also chooses to use animation, which results in a very special film.

Review Tower

What started as an ordinary day, quickly changed when shots were being fired from the university tower. Everyone who could see the building wasn’t safe and it didn’t take long before various dead and wounded were lying on the streets. Various people who experienced that day talk about it, but not in the way you’d expect. They are played by actors (who are also animated), transporting the user to the day itself. Because of that you are constantly on the edge of your seat. Not only because you wonder if they will be able to catch the sniper but also because you feel how dangerous the situation is. Towards the end of the documentary director Keith Maitland makes a surprising choice pulling you even further into its story. It isn’t often that you watch documentaries which are this good, so it is one you shouldn’t miss.

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