ROBERT KENNER FILMS

 

 

 

 


Best Documentary Feature Shortlist Nominee

Academy Awards 2017

Best Documentary Screenplay Nominee

Writers Guild Awards 2017


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Reviews

"Command and Control is frightening for a whole pants-shitting list of reasons…morbidly fun to watch, in the manner of good suspense thrillers and disaster films."

The Village Voice

 

"As far as horror movie objects go, the turkey baster in Don't Breathe or the goat in The Witch have nothing on the socket wrench and the switchgear in Robert Kenner's nerve-melting Command and Control…The pace of the drama is riveting."

Entertainment Weekly

 

"America's military history is full of misguided wars, botched battles, and scandals of all sorts… events chronicled in Command and Control are terrifying"

The New York Times (NYT Critics's Pick)

 

"A terrifying documentary that'll have your heart racing as fast as any Hollywood thriller"

Philadelphia Inquire

 

"Combines Cold War-era thriller with post-apocalyptic nightmare…This one will stay with you for days after viewing."

Rolling Stone

 

"Uncommonly gripping…Kenner has masterfully mined enough dramatic material from a near-catastrophe in Arkansas to fill a movie theater at the local mall."

Newsweek

 

"Painted in shades of “Vertigo” green, the re-enactments come to resemble a Hitchcockian nightmare"

Indiewire

 

"Riveting and dismaying…equal parts history lesson, cautionary tale, and nerve-rattling thriller."

Variety

 

"As white-knuckle suspenseful as any movie you are likely to see this year…masterfully constructed."

Artforum

 

"Lots of documentaries these days will tell you to be afraid, very afraid, but few will scare you as coolly and convincingly as Command and Control."

Los Angeles Times

 

"A gripping account of what happens when things don't “work perfect” at a nuclear-weapons site."

The Nation

 

ABOUT THE FILM

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Directed by Robert Kenner (FOOD, INC.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION), COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense— chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

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