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  • Summary: The documentary, Under Control, unfolds a panorama of atomic energy in
    Germany. Its broad perspective reveals the real challenges and enormous efforts that nuclear power demands from humankind. The control over the nuclear fission process is not depicted chronologically but rather as a
    prism of places and sites that not only refracts the stations of the German atomic age but also reflects beyond the current situation. The examination of a technology once synonymous with progress also touches on elements of the history of civilization. (Credo Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Nov 29, 2011
    80
    The unveiling is unnerving, and suggests that some dangers are now permanently beyond our control.
  2. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Nov 29, 2011
    75
    Volker Sattel takes us on a blank-eyed tour of the country's biggest plants (plus a few from Austria), exposing both the tenuous balance of precision and innovation that has provided 20th-century Western society with its most controversial power source.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 29, 2011
    60
    Once that point is made, this push-pull 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Somehow the happy screams of children whirling above a neutered reactor sound a lot less comforting than they should.