Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Real Story: Escape from Alcatraz - 5 stars out of 10

The Real Story: Escape from Alcatraz - 5 stars out of 10

Alcatraz is one of the most famous prisons in the world, known for both its isolation in San Francisco Bay and also for the infamous escape from this inescapable prison.  But this documentary tells a side of the Alcatraz escape that we have never heard.  In June 1962, three prisoners were found to be missing from their cells and later on, the remnants of a raft made of raincoats was discovered on the shore of San Francisco.  The bodies were never found and they were never heard from again, so these prisoners almost serve as ghosts whose fate will never be known.  The Smithsonian Channel seeks to chronicle the events of the escape, question whether the mastermind of the plan ever got out, and test if it was possible for these escapees to make it to land.  “Escape from Alcatraz” provides a more nonfictional approach to these events than the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie with the same title.

[Pictured: Was "The Rock" truly inescapable?]

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