The film covers the events of April 19, 1995 when Timothy McVeigh – a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right – detonated a five-ton homemade fertiliser bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City.
McVeigh’s actions killed 168 people and injured a further 675 – the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.
Goodman depicts the horrific events that unfolded in disturbing detail.
In their review, The Daily Beast said:
Goodman’s gripping documentary ultimately comes across as a history lesson with all-too-relevant insights to impart – and warnings to scream – about our forthcoming Trumpian America.
The LA Times went a little bit further, describing Oklahoma City as:
A chilling documentary that firmly positions McVeigh not as some delusional loner but rather as a product of a far-right subculture that looked on the U.S. federal government as one of the most dangerous forces on the face of the Earth.