I would love to know where Alex Gibney gets the energy. The Oscar-winning director has made at least one vital, informative doc each year for the past decade. In 2020 alone, he made three: Crazy, Not Insane, about the psychology of murderers; Agents of Chaos, about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election; and Totally Under Control, about the Trump administration's disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His first film of 2021 is a two-part expose on the opioid crisis. The Crime of the Century features interviews with whistleblowers, medical experts and journalists about the profitable and deadly efforts of pharmaceutical companies to push addictive pills to patients in pain. Testimony from victims and their families will drive home the horrific impact this had on the country. Bribery, corruption, greed and fraud all came together to kill 40 people a day at the height of the epidemic. Like many of his films, I'm expecting it to be both eye-opening and enraging.
The Crime of the Century will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in May.