Under Control (2011)
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This striking, beautifully composed, and undeniably timely documentary takes viewers into the heart of a series of German nuclear power plants, unveiling a surreal, technologically bewildering realm whose bright, sleek, seemingly highly controlled appearance belies the dangerous,destructive forces involved. We see glisteningly bright control rooms, decontamination locks, and smoke-screen devices, and enter the depths of the mineral deposits, all of which reflect the superhuman rationality that is supposed to contain and channel the power of the nuclear fission. -- (C) Anthology … More
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Critic Reviews for Under Control
This documentary about nuclear power plants is as chilling as its title is ironic.
Somehow the happy screams of children whirling above a neutered reactor sound a lot less comforting than they should.
Sattel constructs a tone poem via impeccably composed pictures that toe the line between beauty and banality, revelation and tedium.
There are images here that seem culled from some obsolete collective nervousness.
[It] settles into a certain lulling monotony, wandering a wilderness of wires, cooling towers, and a thousand other inscrutable devices, but it is a monotony with an undertone of menace.
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