While much of “The Anthrax Attacks” uses contemporary news footage and standard interviews that have become commonplace with the genre, Krauss also decided to host a number of cinematic, public starring Clark Gregg as Bruce Ivins. And Gregg is perfectly fine in the role, bringing moderate doubt to the part. But the device is distracting and completely unnecessary.
Worse still, the doctor never really delved into Ivins’ psyche. If he did it, why did he do it? I understand there are no easy answers – Ivins never confessed, so we don’t really know his motives. But some insight into who he is and what motivates him would be very helpful. Instead, he remains a mystery. Again: that’s part of the problem. Questions about this will remain unanswered.
But “The Anthrax Attacks” couldn’t shake the feeling that it was missing something. Despite this issue, the document does a solid job at capturing the general mood and horror that accompanies attacks and the loss of life after they happen. I just wish the movie had matched the famous guest star’s perspective and had the confidence to tell the story on its own.
“The Anthrax Attacks” premieres September 8, 2022 on Netflix.
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