Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers": NatGeo account of the Boston Marathon incident

The National Geographic Channel documentary “Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers”, directed by Sam Hohkinson and “Sam L.”, at 87 minutes, presents the most comprehensive account of the April 15, 2013 account of the Boston Marathon bombings, perpetrated by brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   
The film starts with the footage of the actual incident, and of the two blasts in the crowd near the finish line.
The film focuses on the police work, and the use of public tips after releasing photographs of the suspects in the crowd (available on Wikipedia but legally copyrighted), where the police had to balance the idea that the suspects could become evne more dangerous when on the run.  The film also stresses that authorities had no way to judge whether future attacks were likely anyway.  The entire city of Boston and surrounding suburbs was on lockdown for about 24 hours as police searched house-to-house at one point.
The film gives a riveting attack of the carjacking, the victim’s daring escape, and of the shootout that led to Tameran’s being run over and then Dzhokhar’s subsequent capture when lying in a private boat outdoors.
The film also focuses on the medical recovery of some of the victims, but not to the point of being excessive or playing up the emotional aspect too much.
The film doesn’t cover the behavior of Dzhokhar ("Jahar"), now on trial, for the three full days until the final sequence.  He reportedly showed up in a gym as if nothing had happened.  He tweeted after the event, and the content of the tweets is disturbing in retrospect, as in this NY Times story here
I found out about the incident about 15 minutes after it happened from CNN, before heading into town in DC on the Metro.
The official site (UK Channel 4) is here

Vox offers an article by Rebekah Gregory DiMartino "What I learned ...." here
Wikipedia attribution link for Prudential Building in Boston, lit up with a “1” after the incident author is “Pi.1415926535”  (CC SA 3.0 uported).  The film can be watched on Netflix instant play. 

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