Bus 174 (2002) Documentary Review ***

Rated “one of the ten best films of the year” by the New York Times, this documentary at times will make you empathize with the captor that holds hostages at gunpoint for a day long standoff with the authorities.

Sandro, the captor was a lost soul, he witnessed the brutal murder of his Mother and from that moment on, his life was never the same again. Hitting the streets during early adolescence, street crime was the only way to survive. Sniffing glue and coke to numb the pain Sandro did not know how to escape the life he was living.

The world was watching as the events unfolded on Bus 174, I was astounded that the media were live streaming the events as the situation escalated. Undoubtedly a shambles by the authorities. It’s frightening to think that members of the public were standing within eye view of hostages with a gun to their head.

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The events took place in Rio de Janeiro, its not a place I know particularly a lot about. I was in disbelief of the jail conditions, 30 men in a cell made for 10, no light in pitch darkness and beaten on a regular basis. Did Sandro stand a chance when the system was corrupt? My shock of the brutal massacre of street kids, being treated like the world was better off without them. So, untrue if only justice was served.

A tragic case of a man whose life spiralled out of control into crime due to witnessing a horrific crime. Where does the circle end? There’s a lot to this documentary, his life, corrupt, disorganized and untrained police and the final events that unfolded on Bus 174.

A must see, let me know your opinion on Sandro?


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  1. I find films, TV shows and documentaries about criminals that have hostages or have taken hostages, enthralling. I was at the Imperial War Museum in London a few months ago and there is a section on a standoff between terrorists that have taken hostages inside the Iranian Embassy during the ’80s- and it is resolved by an SAS siege. Although it is from the other side of the world, this sounds right up my street! 🙂

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    1. Me too! I love real life crime documentaries. The Imperial War Museum looks awesome. I think you would really enjoy, you wont anticipate what happens in the end. I would highly recommend to give it a watch :).

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