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Day Zero
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04.02.2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Bryan Gunnar Cole

Actors:
Elijah Wood
Chris Klein
Jon Bernthal

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The military draft is reinstated and three very different friends are randomly drafted. They have 30 days to report for duty and each of them spends their time differently, all the while attempting to come to terms with their future.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
American men between the ages of 18 and 35 not serving in the Armed Forces right now have to be concerned in the back of their head about the potential reinstatement of the military draft. As America continues to spread its military thin across the globe, it seems that we inch closer every day to the draft. If thatís a concern of yours, or if youíve thought about it, this movie will probably serve as some interest to you.

The idea is actually pretty good, but the execution of the idea was a little weak. Each of the three friends has three different views on the war and the draft. The different views were great, and a pretty accurate representation of reactions by young, American men. I think you could go to any bar in New York and find at least one man with each of the three different views. Remember; in this film, the rules of the draft are a little different. Every American male between the ages of 18 and 35 is eligible regardless of profession or education. Thatís a little different than the draft of the Vietnam era.

I think the movie would have been much better if they based the movie on their reactions to the draft being reinstated. As it was, the draft had already been reinstated and the three friends get the letters in the mail saying their name was called. There was a culture and atmosphere that the audience wasnít familiar with or fully understood. I would have liked to see their reactions to the announcement of the draft rather than catch up with them a few days/months/years later.

The movie itself is barely average. It gets caught up in its own drama and loses focus pretty quickly. The filmmakers also try to cram too much story into a 90 minute film. When that happens, some storylines falter. The best part of the film is the basic idea of the film; the draft. That sensitive subject alone should spark conversation among American males.
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís a good conversation starter, but not much else. It touches on some good ideas, but ultimately falls short of being a good film. If youíre really interested in the subject matter, this might be worth a rental. Otherwise, Iíd pass.
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