Day Zero (2007)
Dixon, Rifkin and Feller grew up together in New York. Living very different lives in the same city, their childhood friendship still binds them. Rifkin is a married lawyer whose career is on the rise. He's just made partner and is looking for any loop hole to get out of serving. Now "just isn't a good time" for him. Feller is working on his second novel. The first was a smash success, but his draft notice paralyzes him, causing severe writer's block. Instead he draws up his list of "Top 10 things to do before I serve." Dixon drives a cab, lives a solitary life and is proud and ready to serve--until he meets someone and finally has something to lose. Over 30 days, they will find their relationships tested as they confront long held beliefs about life, death, courage and love. … More
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Critic Reviews for Day Zero
For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish.
Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.
If the abysmal reception so far for films about the war in Iraq is any indication, Day Zero is the last thing movie audiences will want to consume.
As the pals, Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, and especially Chris Klein mope around noncommittally, as if it were an upcoming trip to the in-laws' they were dreading -- not a potentially one-way ticket to a war zone.
It's not a groundbreaking film, but I liked the gritty feel of it. It's a small, little movie that manages to be thought provoking enough for me to recommend it.
...an engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors.
no one will mistake this earnest try for Medium Cool. Maybe just Smallish Cool.
Through portraits of these three men, [director] Cole uses the possibility to explore themes of loyalty and duty, masculinity, class conflicts and a youth culture gone soft and spoiled, at times slipping into political rhetoric.
Presents characters as concepts rather than actual people, and deals much more with the theoretical consequences of war rather than the actual human toll.
A film that revels in defeatism and hyperbolized dystopia; a would-be political statement that is more insipid than insightful.
The film's relentless focus on the personal shortchanges the larger issues and ultimately reduces Fellner, Rifkin and Dixon to sociopolitical stereotypes.
A flat and poorly written drama about three buddies who are drafted and have 30 days to report.
Proves that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on ponderous, ersatz-thoughtful war dramas.
An implausible story centering on three characters whose differences in social class and temperament make the proceedings less than involving.
The semi-plausible Day Zero, a rather formulaic male buddy saga, asks hypothetical questions about the impact of a reinstated draft on three vastly different amigos, well played by Klein, Wood, and particularly Bernthal.
It's purely amateur hour here; a laughably produced elegy for the common man facing war time blues, placing substantial dramatic weight on the shoulders of one of Hollywood's larger professional question marks, Chris Klein. Ouch.
Audience Reviews for Day Zero
This movie was really, really good, in my opinion. I was enthralled for the entire 2 hrs. I was amazed at how it all ended, also. Nice twist. This movie was well done, and well acted. An absolute gem, in my book.More
This movie didn't impress me much, about the US Government starting the draft after 9-11 and gulf war. 3 Buddies get there draft notice and we travel thru time as the Days count down. We have the rich one, the cool guy, and the loser. Shows things they go through in the 30 day count down. Charlene Biton is a babe. It was pretty dry. Not sure how it got on my to see list. 2 1/2 stars, wouldn't watch it again, and it would have to be a rental.More
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