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Active Shooter: America Under Fire

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark documentary details disturbing mass shootings.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Thematically packed but overall average documentary does not bring anything new to the table

Active Shooter: America Under Fire is an adequate attempt to recreate some of the most iconic and memorable American mass shootings of the era. Although it appears to have a rather large budget, it ultimately does not bring much more to the table then any other documentary. And although it is not well designed idea-wise, there are many thematic elements that are well done. The mixing and distribution of the background music throughout the series was more than well done. The transitions between topics were mostly seamless, and the conclusions were notably well thought out. An aspect of the series which I felt lacking was a more in-depth chronicling of the attempts at a high-score. If you are not particularly looking for a well produced documentary, but rather just searching for something to watch, this is for you.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This interesting, sensational, and disturbing docuseries offers detailed accounts of what transpired during each active shooting, and what happened after the fact. Survivors describe how events unfolded, how they managed to get out alive, and the acts of heroism they witnessed. It also describes the challenges law enforcement and medical staff faced during these extraordinary situations, which sometimes required them to violate their own policies in order to save lives.

While some experts and law enforcement officials briefly talk about the murderers, Active Shooter: America Under Fire presents these stories in a way that significantly refocuses the attention off of them. Instead, it underscores the damage that they caused, as well as the celebration of survival and humanity that has resulted from it. Most important, it highlights how mass shootings have risen in number in the United States and points to some of the reasons why.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 29, 2017
  • Network: Showtime
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Topics: Activism
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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