"Oklahoma City" is a comprehensive look at the events leading up to the Oklahoma City bombing as well as the aftermath of this tragedy. More importantly, it explores the rationale of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh and his calculated preparation for the attack. This documentary was almost surreal for me. These events occurred during my childhood and yet, my innocence shielded me from the details. I knew that a bomb went off and many people died but I never knew about Ruby Ridge, Waco, the white supremacist movement that inspired McVeigh, The Turner Diaries, the manhunt in Kansas, or any of the political aspects involved. The film is well organized with different chapters to introduce each piece of this puzzle. It contextualizes each event within the scope of the bombing by interspersing footage of the attack between each chapter. “Oklahoma City” provides an interesting history lesson about domestic extremist groups in the early 90’s with a constant focus on the bombing.
[Pictured: The aftermath of the bombing is still shocking 20+ years later]