Countdown to Zero (2010)
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COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (The Devil's Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen,
Jul 23, 2010 Wide
Nov 23, 2010
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
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Comes loaded with a relatively big budget and a line-up of talking heads more powerful than a meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
Countdown to Zero may not be the most fun you'll have in the movies this year, but it is absolutely mandatory viewing.
The news is ugly. The film is often gorgeous and wields a cumulative power to humanize potential devastation.
Lucy Walker's chilling documentary serves as a reminder that the threat of a nuclear bomb going off somewhere in the world to devastating effect has not diminished just because it has slipped from the public consciousness.
We've gone backwards rather than forwards. To watch a film such as this is to shudder all over again.
The film's most sobering fact: any world leader has a maximum of 10 seconds to decide to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
The chilling and highly informative film shows how perilously close we are to nuclear catastrophe, either via terrorism, Dr Strangelove-style cock-up or simple accident.
Countdown to Zero leaves you uneasy enough about the threat from nukes, but also amazed that to date, at least, no blunder has ended in annihilation.
This campaigning documentary offers a sobering warning that the possibility of nuclear destruction is still very much with us.
Looking at Walker's film objectively, it suggests how damn lucky we've been so far, and attempts to finish on an 'upbeat' note - after scaring the bejesus out of us
Sobering stuff, especially when smart talkingheads - including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ex-US Secretary Of Defence Robert McNamara - confirm it's a matter of "when" not "if". Eek.
By miscalculation, accident or madness (not to mention badness), mankind, or much of it, could evaporate in a nuclear cloud ... the film grabs our attention
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