"...a public service by putting all the info together in such an accessible and watchable format."

How Covid 19 Got "Totally Out Of Control"

(111420) “Totally Under Control” is a persuasive and timely political documentary about soon to be ex-President Donald Trump’s mishandling of the Covid 19 crisis. The United States leaders’ actions look particularly bad when compared to the quick, decisive and efficient actions taken by the South Korean leaders, which is why their numbers are so much better.

The film was directed, produced, and written by Alex Gibney (Philip Alexander Gibney is his full name outside of movies) who specializes in making topical and socially conscious documentaries. Some of his other works include "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" and "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief". But his most well-known films are probably "Client 9", "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room", and "Taxi to the Dark Side" all of which won awards for best documentary .

The cinematographer, Ben Bloodwell and his helpers, made up kits so that some of the interviewed subjects could record themselves and mail in the interviews because Covid 19 made the film making much more difficult.

According the film, Donald Trump was more responsible for chaos and destruction that ensued than the actual illness because he utterly failed to act when it was necessary (among the many reasons I believe he lost the election). One of the whistle blowers, vaccine chief, Rick Bright said, “it is not easy to come forward in this administration,” and he claimed as soon as Trump is criticized by someone in his administration about the virus, he instantly retaliates.

The films shows how unlike in fictional pandemic films like “Outbreak,” and “Contagion” that lionized experts, Trump’s version of the Covid narrative depicted the scientists (especially Fauci) as villains, and he encouraged the public to doubt them and go against their practical and not all unreasonable suggestions.
Most damningly, the film incorporates recent info from Bob Woodward’s new book which shows how Trump knew very early how serious and potentially destructive the virus could be, but he felt it was more important to preserve his popularity and the economy at the expense of human lives.

The film also shows how the president encouraged people to have faith in quick fix snake oil remedies like hydroxychloroquine (promoted by Vladimir Zelkeko who is spotlighted in the film and shown to be a charlatan) instead of taking concrete steps like social distancing and wearing masks.

Of course, with the virus climbing to a new peak almost daily, we still don’t know how this scenario will end. But this film is a decent up to date report on the state of the world and the virus as it is today. Maybe the film can be updated once it all ends, or possibly a sequel.

Anyone who has been following the news and follows the non alt right media probably knows a lot of the info in this film already, but Alec Gibney has done everyone a public service by putting all the info together in such an accessible and watchable format.

Directed & Written by:   Alex Gibney. Additional scenes directed by Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger
Starring:   Burak Agan, Alex Azar, Charlie Baker
Released:   10/13/2020
Length:   123 minutes
Rating:   TV-14

You can view this movie on Hulu and  some drive-in theatres across the country

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