Totally Under Control

Totally Under Control

By Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan & Suzanne Hillinger

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2020-10-13
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Director: Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan & Suzanne Hillinger
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99


On January 20th, 2020 the US and South Korea both discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, 9 months later, the novel Coronavirus has claimed the lives of almost 200,000 Americans and caused staggering economic damage, while in South Korea, there were no significant lockdowns and, in an urbanized population of 51 million, only 344 lives have been lost. Where did we go wrong? As the presidential election nears, Americans are increasingly enraged by a lack of clear leadership, endemic political corruption and left to wonder how did the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world manage to fail so thoroughly in its response to a global pandemic? Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, directing with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, interrogates this question and its devastating implications in Totally Under Control. With damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership. It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by this pandemic, but Totally Under Control will stand as the definitive account of the Trump administration’s incompetence, corruption and denial in the face of this global pandemic.


  • Poorly

    By sfloy00-
    Poorly written
  • Fake huh????

    By Sinatrablue69
    My relatives are passing away left and right but this is a fake virus??? Fake new??? So where are my relatives, classmates, friends??? Was that fake too??
  • Gibney Does it again

    By bascal133
    Another thoughtful, factual well produced doc that made me feel like I got an inside look at the government response to covid and helped me to understand its actions in a larger framework
  • 4 more years

    By Iwizonu
    Trump is the best !
  • Never trumpers

    By Hershberger 1222
    Lies lies lies. Shame on you apple so predictable. Your ignorance is transcendent .
  • We failed

    By SaipanMidwife
    As a healthcare provider I already knew most of this, but definitely not all. It was a bungled response at best, at worst it could have been about $$ and never about saving lives. Obviously trump failed America. God help us if he gets a second term 🙏🏻
  • Boring

    By Christo32580
    Don’t waste your time.
  • Covid19 is NOT Totally Under Control

    By redtruckgirl
    Every American should watch this documentary to understand what happened and why we are in the current state of crisis - and what we need to do as a country to get out of it. Excellent documentary. 5 Stars
  • Wickedly slanted

    By AtlasAric
    This was the Democratic Party campaign trailer for Covid-19. The ending of the film was the cherry on top; the anecdotal heart felt story about how when we use masks we can see people eyes and what’s in their hearts. End credits with some climate change for good measure. Ugh.
  • Nothing new, but still worth watching

    By beerlington
    If you’ve been reading the news for the past 8 months, you’re not going to find anything that you didn’t already know. Having said that, it’s still interesting to see the people involved with everything give their own perspective on it.