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‘Totally Under Control’ – Review

‘Totally Under Control’ – Review

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COVID-19. It’s the issue that has redefined humanity’s direction in less than a year and changed every aspect of how we live our lives. It’s a medical emergency that has touched every part of the world, and no one has been immune from it resulting in more than 37 million cases, and over a million recorded deaths. Through careful control and restrictions, some countries, such as New Zealand have been able to manage it, while others have blundered. And the United States of America is one such country.

Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the USA has seen the most amount of recorded cases with over 7 million and recorded the greatest country deaths in a single nation with a whopping 214,000 plus deaths. Now noted documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney takes audiences behind the COVID-19 crisis in America in his shocking new documentary Totally Under Control….and its contents will make you sick.

Presented in an almost real-time manner, Gibney charts the arrival of COVID-19 with the USA’s first recorded case on January 20, 2020, and the savage, twisted and nightmarish journey that has seen the United States representative of more than 20% of the world’s fatalities from this virus. You might think you’ve seen horror films before, but you’ve never seen anything like this, and Gibney doesn’t hold back any of the grimy details that led to this staggering death toll. While this film is a prime time documentary, it almost plays out like a public service announcement and the resulting information that Gibney presents to his audience will make your head spin.

Gibney consults with scientists, doctors, policymakers, whistleblowers and business leaders to present the story of how COVID-19 ravaged the United States and how its devastating descent on one of the world’s most powerful countries can be linked back to a monumental failure in leadership. Gibney presents a very clear failure on behalf of the Trump Administration for the fallout that COVID-19 has had on America and he doesn’t present Trump or his team in a very positive light. Failures of medicine, policy-making and logistical support all go under the microscope here in Totally Under Control, and Gibney offers an incredibly factual critique of this government and its response.

Alongside focusing on the failings in government, Gibney also focuses in on the human cost of this pandemic. Both in terms of the damage related to the economy and just the collective horrors of such a vast death toll lost to this disease….which could have been far lesser had the situation been managed differently. Gibney hammers home the point about how a failure in leadership and the ability to not face the situation head-on had lead to such a disastrous outcome for the USA, and it should be obvious to everyone watching how much of an impact this event and its fallout will have on the US election. 

In the world we are all currently living in. which has been completely changed by COVID-19, Totally Under Control is essential viewing. It’s a shocking watch from beginning to end and highlights the heroes and villains of this world-changing event. It’s one of the most important cinema events of this year, and I highly recommend that you watch it.