Writers: Dan Bree, Shirley Tatum
Starring: Bill Graves, Alan Bruce, Matt Farrell, James Ferguson, Mike Gallagher, John Martini, James Geranios, James Going, Michael goode, Ted Machado, Galen Murphy-Hofman, James Rufini, Michael Saldate, Barry Walton, Kevin Moore, Tom Nuckton, Marty Wydra, Jolene Babyak, Bob Foley, Pat Mahoney, Leon 'Whitey' Thompson
More info: IMDb
Plot: It was the world's largest concrete building, housing the world's most dangerous criminals. What design strengths made Alcatraz invincible? And what design failures made it a mecca for escape. Uncover the incredible of story of man vs. prison in ALCATRAZ: LIVING HELL.
My rating: 6.5/10
Will I watch it again? No.
Earlier this year I visited Alcatraz Island for the first time and I ended up going three more times. It's fascinating. This National Geographic Channel documentary is flashier than I prefer. The music, camera tricks, video and whatnot give you a sense of doom and urgency. It's too much. They go over the basics of the escape attempts and a little of the history but it's hardly comprehensive and it's only a surface-scratcher. If you know nothing to very little, it's a good introduction but it also an overly-stimulated film much like a music video. I'm curious as to why this is titled, LIVING HELL, as it doesn't really go into the day to day life of the prison which would suggest a title like that but they spend nearly all of the 45 minutes on the escape attempts. Hmmmm.