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About the Movie
August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 54
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps.
Fresh: Tower allies itself with the heroes on the ground and the immeasurable courage they displayed, risking everything for the sake of strangers. That's a story worth telling, one worth remembering, and what makes Tower a must-see.
Fresh: [Tower] powerfully channels the terror and confusion of that terrible August day while also achieving the weight and authority that can only come with time and distance.
Fresh: Maitland's experimental approach to a tricky subject leaves viewers with a deeper understanding of a terrible moment in American history.
A stunning achievement
A sensitive approach to a power subject.
Unique, innovative, powerful and moving
Saw this at the SXSW Premier in Austin. The innovative mix of animation and live action captures the horror and humanity of America's first campus mass shooting. I was reluctant to see it initially as I thought it would be depressing or pandering, but it is an ultimatley uplifting story of how the worst of humanity can, at times, bring out the best of human kind.
Best Documentary of 2016
An elegant, thoughtful, and wildly creative approach to a challenging story. It demands to be seen.