Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Chris0
BBC History of World War II: Hiroshima (2006)
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. Why? Because there's really not much to say.
This BBC documentary on the US Atom bomb drops on Japan which ended World War II is, of course, pretty comprehensive. It's the BBC, what else would you expect? It's also pretty dry and dull. Lots of stock footage interweaved with lots of "dramatized" bits. These are not so well done, and a few times are pretty propangadish in their own right. I think I just invented that word. Of course John Hurt's unmistakable voice over it all lends a lot to it.
Look, yeah it was a terrible horrible thing that we did. Anyone who claims to be "proud" of it should be examined. But it had to be done. Interjecting all the "oh look at the poor crying kids" dramatized bits into your documentary doesn't change a damned thing. Trying to make us all feel bad about it now doesn't change a thing. Except make us feel bad about it.
I'm sure you carry your own prejudices, opinions, and feelings on the subject, as do I. I won't even get started on it.
Bottom line, watch it if you haven't. Then go watch some of the other documentaries. I would have appreciated this more if it didn't come across as trying to put a stick in your eye. Still, 7/10 for the facts.
The whole thing is on YouTube I think, I won't link to it.
Summary: Factual and preaching, ultimately just another documentary on the atomic bomb and how awful it was.