American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing Series Review

American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing Series Review: New Perspectives Ten Years After

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We remember how the Boston Marathon Bombing captured the world's attention a decade ago. The events, the manhunt, and the aftermath of the bombing was heavily covered minute by minute and a lot of us still remember these events. We feared that this series would feel like an unnecessary release, an attention-seeking documentary to coincide with the bombing's 10th anniversary and to ride the popularity of this year's 127th edition of the Boston Marathon. But "American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing" exceeded our expectations. It brought new and important perspectives into the mix that we didn't expect or anticipate.

On April 15 2013, during the 117th Boston Marathon, two bombs explode near the finish line. As authorities scramble to find out who the perpetrators, they conduct a massive manhunt across Boston and the areas surrounding it. Archival footage and interviews paint the full picture of how two brothers suspended a whole city in terror and how the authorities were forced to do creative techniques to capture them in a matter of days - for good or bad.

"American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing" could have easily glorified the authorities and made it look like another "patriotic" documentary. But this documentary's strongest point was its more balanced approach, just cutting short of actually interviewing the actual surviving terrorist in fact, this documentary included victims of all types. From actual victims during the bombing, to unlikely victims during the manhunt, and even close friends of the Tsarnaevs. While the documentary does sway more into glorifying the result more than the method used to get there, it also shed light that not all was perfect or easy. The authorities miscommunicated, made mistakes, got lucky, and put a lot of lives in danger. The first two episodes were the best episodes for us with the last episode feeling a bit over-extended and a bit biased on some portions. Overall, "American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing" was a solid effort worth a watch for true crime afficionados like us.  

Rating: 4 reels

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