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Day Zero (2007)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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Three men come face to face with their concerns about war when they're drafted in this independent drama set in the near future. As the United States becomes more deeply mired in wars around the world and the threat of major terrorist attacks looms large, the federal government decides to reinstate conscription, and three friends face conflicting emotions as they wait out their last few days before entering the Army under the new draft. George Rifkin (Chris Klein) is a lawyer who has been

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For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Truth to be told, it's hard to care.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There's very little that rings true.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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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.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

...an engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

no one will mistake this earnest try for Medium Cool. Maybe just Smallish Cool.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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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.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Presents characters as concepts rather than actual people, and deals much more with the theoretical consequences of war rather than the actual human toll.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A film that revels in defeatism and hyperbolized dystopia; a would-be political statement that is more insipid than insightful.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The film's relentless focus on the personal shortchanges the larger issues and ultimately reduces Fellner, Rifkin and Dixon to sociopolitical stereotypes.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A flat and poorly written drama about three buddies who are drafted and have 30 days to report.

January 16, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Proves that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on ponderous, ersatz-thoughtful war dramas.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An implausible story centering on three characters whose differences in social class and temperament make the proceedings less than involving.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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This is not a watered-down take on what would happen if the men we know got drafted--it aims for the jugular. And hits it, hard.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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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.
October 14, 2010
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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.
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