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.
Spoiler Alert: I'm gonna tell you the main reason right now, cuz even people who don't see this worthy DVD need to know this. Half of New Orleans is ABOVE sea level, so that wasn't the reason. It's cuz the Army Corps of Engineers (*) did a shoddy job of building the flood control walls, putting them on lose sandy soil that the flood waters EASILY could erode UNDER the walls, which then allowed the walls to simply fall over and let all the water in. (* The Army Corps usually do good work; the awesome Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in my part of America was VERY well built by them.) But the job was rushed in New Orleans and then swept under then table when several independent engineers tried to warn them that a flood would still happen, even when everybody was told by the Corps that the walls would hold back the water just fine.
The film is professionally produced with lots of animation and understandable illustrations of what is being talked about and Shearer paid attention to pacing to keep interest in the film crisp and to the point.Read more ›
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 11 months ago by S. Schmidt
Great informative film outlining what happened in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read morePublished 16 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 16 months ago by Stephen tilden
Thank you for revealing the story behind the smoke screen covering the flooding of New Orleans.Published 20 months ago by Brent Scott
Gripping and devastating indictment of government incompetence and venality. Sobering to watch.Published 23 months ago by palisadesk