The Big Uneasy
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Includes Bonus Features:
- Feature-Length Commentary by Director Harry Shearer
- Making The Big Uneasy Easy (Behind The Scenes)
- Post-Screening Q&A
- Harry Shearer's National Press Club Speech
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Top Customer Reviews
Having been a So. Calif. tourist stuck in the Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures I was most interested in seeing this documentary. I was fortunate to attend the screening in New Orleans and Harry was present for a Q & A. While not totally objective, as I was there during the debacle of this unnatural disaster and natural disaster, I still would have found this film as captivating and especially enlightening even if I had been safe at home.
While one may expect some humor with Harry making this movie, you won't find that in this film. What you will find is an eye opening discovery of the links between Congress, the Army Corps of Engineers, Subcontractors, and special interests whose interest are not your safety but rather building water projects that reward contributors, speed, cutting corners, and friends. You will discover the lack of accountability in these projects and the pain which those who are whistle-blowers have to endure to try and protect the 51% of us who live in counties "protected" by Army Corps' projects.
There are many myths surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the death and destruction in New Orleans. Unfortunately too many Americans still attribute that to Katrina the storm, when in fact it was the failed Army Corps of Engineers levees that couldn't survive a Category 3 storm, and the slow response by FEMA that led to most of the deaths and destruction in NOLA. After seeing this film you will be a believer.
Furthermore you will gain a better understanding of how money runs our political systems (in case you weren't already atune to this).Read more ›
A lot of people don't understand why we New Orleanians blame the government for Katrina, since it was a "natural" disaster. You will get it after seeing The Big Uneasy.
I don't know why people aren't more angry about this information !
I'm saying this badly but I wanted to review it anyway.
Actor, writer & comedian Harry Shearer didn't have to break into some secret file to uncover the truth. The evidence was there for anyone to see: collapsed floodwalls, failed pumping systems, and a failure on the part of the media that can't be topped. The post-Katrina disaster, well, we know about that: lack of aid, FEMA screw-ups, homelessness, the abandonment of entire sections of New Orleans. But it's what happened BEFORE to cause the flooding that matters most: poorly designed, under-funded projects touted as New Orleans' protection from storms even more powerful than Katrina. Most of the flooding in N.O. was not caused by the storm going OVER the walls, but rather of the storm going UNDER them and breaking them at the ill-designed foundation; pumps designed to evacuate water from the city which never met testing standards; whistle blowers ignored and demoted; post-Katrina reports ignored by the media.
And not only is this an investigative film which takes us where the journalists should have, but it's an insightful, human tale as well. John Goodman (doing his very best "John Goodman"!) introduces us to New Orleanians who tell their stories, too.
The Katrina disaster could have been avoided. Harry Shearer has done a remarkable job exposing the truth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard about this on NPR and decided to buy a copy. Overall well done with good interviews from different perspectives.Published 4 months ago by S. Schmidt
Great informative film outlining what happened in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gary S. Pruitt
Tells what happened, when, and why. Very credible and interesting cast of characters. I love Harry Shearer and it was a smart move on his part to keep himself out of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen tilden
Thank you for revealing the story behind the smoke screen covering the flooding of New Orleans.Published 13 months ago by Brent Scott
Gripping and devastating indictment of government incompetence and venality. Sobering to watch.Published 16 months ago by palisadesk