Totally Under Control, a new documentary that traces the American response to the coronavirus crisis, is not easy to watch. First, we already know the ending, and second, headlines over the past six months gave us a play-by-play of the unfolding disaster in real time.

We think we know how we got here—some combination of bad luck, bad governance, and bad timing. But the fog of chaos—deliberately and maliciously deployed, as this film, directed and produced by Alex Gibney (Enron, The Inventor), Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger, makes perfectly clear—obscured the gravest official, purposeful malfeasance in the history of modern American government.