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Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Chris


Day Zero (2007)

Review of: Day Zero (2007)
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Bryan Gunnar Cole

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On March 1, 2013
Last modified:February 17, 2013


"Drafted... 30 Days to Report For Duty. What would you do?" An excellent experiment into the minds of three modern day guys faced with this question.

Day Zero (2007)"If you were drafted and had 30 days to report, what would you do?"

Not that long ago, it was a question that we would actually have to answer.  Since the end of the Vietnam war, however, it hasn't even been an issue.  But what if?  What if the draft had never been eliminated, or had been reinstated?  What then?

That's what Day Zero is about.  Not really a war movie in the classic sense, I felt I had to review this, because the subject matter, for a long, long time, was just part of every day life for America during war.  Would such a system hold up today?  I don't know.

The movie follows three guys, successful businessman Rifkin (Chris Klein), taxi driver Dixon (John Bernthal) and author Feller (Elijah Wood.)  The three of them are close friends, and the movie examines their thoughts and lives as they each flesh out their own responses to getting that dreaded draft notice.

Along the way they are each faced with questions of duty, of honor, of family history, personal honor...  You can probably predict most of it.  The choices some of them have that the others don't.  The decisions they've made leading up to this point in their lives and how that affects their decisions...

Look, I would really like to say more, but if I did it would spoil it all, trust me.  This is a lesser-known movie, but it definitely bears watching if you're interested in a good character drama.  Especially one that goes where this one goes.  Lets just say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was drawn in, and at the final outcomes.

Day Zero will make you think about what your response and action might be, were we living in this alternate universe.  What would you do? What could you do?

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DAY ZERO stars Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, Chris Klein, and Ginnifer Goodwin. DAY ZERO is a timely political and personal story of three young men as the military draft is reinstated. Three best friends, George (Chris Klein) a successful lawyer, Dixon (Jon Bernthal) a tough-as-nails cab driver, and Feller (Elijah Wood) a writer with a host of insecurities, are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty...

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Alchemy / Millennium
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  • Elijah Wood
  • Jon Bernthal
  • Chris Klein
  • Ginnifer Goodwin


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Day Zero (2007) Chris

Summary: "Drafted... 30 Days to Report For Duty. What would you do?" An excellent experiment into the minds of three modern day guys faced with this question.


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