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Totally Under Control (2020)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 13 October 2020 (USA)
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An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.


Alex Gibney
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Credited cast:
Burak Agan ... Blash
Alex Azar ... Self - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (archive footage) (as Sec. Alex Azar)
Charlie Baker ... Self - Governor of Massachusetts (archive footage)
Scott Becker ... Self - Chief Executive Officer, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Taison Bell ... Self - Medical ICU Director, UVA Medical Center (as Dr. Taison Bell)
Deborah Birx ... Self - White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator (archive footage)
John Bolton ... Self - White House National Security Advisor (archive footage)
Michael Bowen ... Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech
Rick Bright ... Self - BARDA Director 2016 - 2020 (as Dr. Rick Bright)
Sylvia Burwell ... Self - HHS Secretary 2014 - 2017 (archive footage)
Beth Cameron ... Self - National Security Council Senior Director 2013 - 2017
Caroline Chen ... Self - Healthcare Reporter, ProPublica
Andrew Cuomo ... Self - Governor of New York (archive footage)
Debbie Dingell ... Self - Congresswoman, Michigan (archive footage)
Anthony Fauci ... Self (archive footage)


An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.

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Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech: I'm a salesman telling a story nobody believes, the story that the U.S. mask supply is gonna collapse, and people are gonna die, and it doesn't cost much to fix. That's the story.
Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech: I'm getting five-hundred to one-thousand emails a day. I'm getting email from people, not businesses. I'm getting emails from moms. I'm getting emails from old people, 'Please send me masks,'
[chokes up]
Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech: and I can't.
[chokes up again, lip quivers]
Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech: . I can't help all these people.
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16 October 2020 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Remember Dr. Nancy Messonnier? Exactly. But there she was, the face of the CDC, warning of pandemic and closures necessary to contain it, back in February. FEBRUARY!

Messonnier was swiftly swept under the Trump carpet where all science based experts reside. It is a big carpet, with a growing bump. Huge bump. That is the sad crux of this documentary, a thorough, blow by blow spine-chilling COVID-19 dateline, and the shocking ineptitude and dangerous apathy from the Trump government (if you can call it that) in response. Not much new here for anyone keeping up with the news, fake or not, but when presented in a calm, simmering sequence, plays out like a bloody horror movie. Which, let's face it, it is.

"Totally Under Control" is an impressive cinematic achievement, stretched out like a real time news program, brimming with startlingly blunt interviews, thorough investigations, slick editing, and stunning clips. The parade of despondent experts daunting. The series of unfortunate events mind-boggling.

Just to rub salt deeper into the festering wound, an alternate reality, the successful South Korean response to the virus is not just eluded to, but is presented in all it's meticulous glory. A cold hard slap to the face of American foolishness. Ouch.

A series of bungles, lies, incompetencies, and cover ups, lead to a catastrophe most are still trying to properly comprehend. This is an utterly infuriating watch. A strong drink might help.

The dictatorial and abusive power wielded by the president is at the rotten core of this calamity, and filmmaker Alex Gibney eagerly lets The Don indict himself throughout. Repeatedly. Important agencies bow to his whims, try to massage (in vain) disasters, and for the most part, dare not contradict or question Trump for fear of reprisal. Those who do, are quickly dispatched. Fact or fiction? The lines are blurry.

Will a devastating pandemic that threatens to hurl America into full blown depression finally sway the Kool Aid drinkers, or is this the end of the greatest country in the world? We are about to find out. This important film is ample warning, and a primo election primer.

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