Friday, July 11, 2014

Documentary Review: 7/7: One Day In London

Currently available for streaming on Netflix
as of 7/11/14
7/7: One Day In London is about the London bombings that took place on July 7th, 2005. The series of coordinated attacks killed 52 people and injured more than 700.

The documentary is different than most documentaries of this nature. What they have managed to do is to avoid giving the terrorists one second of screen time. No names, no recognition whatsoever. Instead we get to hear the stories of heroics from that day, plus how the families have managed to find some way to bring something positive out of the tragedy.

I'll be honest. I like dark documentaries. I love crime documentaries. I like documentaries about tragic events and natural disasters. I am fascinated by forensics and the ability for the authorities to find people who commit horrible atrocities and bring them to justice.. hopefully at the end of the hangman's noose. And I realized that this documentary was not going to be like the others I have watched. But it was a breath of fresh air. The perpetrators of such evil do not deserve to have their names spoken ever again. The people who were killed and injured have families and friends who are able to keep their legacy alive by telling the world their story.

That's what we have here... Stories. We get a brief timeline of the events as the story unfolds, but most of that is to give perspective about how enormous this event was and how many were affected. People who knew they were going to see death and gore and were terrified by that thought, felt compelled to continue towards the scene in order to help those that could be saved. That's being a hero. And it's good to know that people still care enough to help.

The London bombings is often to referred to as the "British 9/11"... and that's what it was. Terror and horror perpetrated by Muslims that believed they were doing the work of Allah. I believe they were dead wrong.

Most American's got so used to seeing violence in the Middle East that we forgot that this is a place that is considered safe for the most part and free from that kind of every day tragedy.

7/7: One Day In London puts faces with a story that we only know in passing. It's a good film. It informs without sensationalism. It's a tragic story, but we only have to read about it.. Some had to live it, and some have to live with it's aftermath every day for the rest of their lives.

I give this documentary... 3 Stars


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