Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Chris0
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...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: FIRST LOOK HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Manufacturer: Alchemy / Millennium
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- Elijah Wood
- Jon Bernthal
- Chris Klein
- Ginnifer Goodwin
- Factory sealed DVD
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Okay at best,
This review is from: Day Zero (DVD)I have to say that I was not terribly moved by the story. I expected more. I have served and deployed, and was looking forward to seeing this movie and getting the other side's point of view in this controversial conflict of ours, but I felt there were a few things lacking.
(1) I know this was to serve the purpose of the movie, but it's just unusually stark coincidence that three men were drafted and all three just happen to be friends. What a random lot there.
(2) I expected more reactions and/or protests from the wife, girlfriend, little sister, etc. especially since the was going through chemotherapy. The women were practically mute. Too much focus was on the reactions of the three main characters.
(3) Hated the ending.
(4) Speaking of ending, when the friends decided to show up at Pennsylvania Station where they were supposed to report, where were all the other draftees? I would have expected more extras or draftees or other... Read more
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A powerful film about friendship and relations,
This review is from: Day Zero (DVD)"Day Zero" tells the story of three friends, George, a lawyer who's married to Molly, Dixon, a cab driver, and Aaron, a writer. When the draft is re-installed, they get 30 days to prepare for war.
While writer Robert Malkani started working on the script over two years ago, the theme is still very accurate. But "Day Zero" is not a war movie, it's more than anything a film about friendship and relations as George, Dixon and Aaron have to face the truth and they all have to find a way to deal with the emotions that are going on in their lives.
Chris Klein is very convincing and totally believable as George Rifkin. I thought him to be a coward at first but he turned into a very brave person. Jon Bernthal was my revelation in the film. I had never even heard of him before but I thought him to be very refreshing and extremely talented. But Elijah Wood stood out for me and this has nothing to do with me being a fan. Elijah proved once again how talented he really is... Read more
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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.