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Zero Day (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 7

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Andre (Andre Keuck) and Cal (Calvin Robertson) seem like fairly ordinary high school students. Andre is a quiet loner, and he's a bit obsessed with munitions. Cal, Andre's only friend, is slightly more adept socially. He even has a friend, Rachel (Rachel Benichak), who's a girl. But Andre and Cal have big plans. They're going to be famous one day. And they're going to teach what they see as a valuable lesson to everyone at their hated high school. Zero Day, the feature debut of Benjamin Coccio,

Unrated,

Drama

Ben Coccio

Apr 5, 2005

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (13) | DVD (5)

My reaction to Zero Day closely mirrored my reaction to Gus Van Sant's Elephant. Neither film tries to exploit tragedy, but I'm not sure either succeeds in telling us much we don't already know.

May 28, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Murky.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A pointless and tiresome exercise.

January 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Mr. Coccio's conclusions -- or lack thereof -- may seem a little pat at times, but as a pseudo-case study of adolescent ego and aimless nihilism channeled into a fit of violence, it's like a bucket of ice water in the face.

January 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Small, often-riveting movie.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Insidious and haunting.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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un effort s'attaquant sans gêne aux véritables raisons pouvant motiver des actes aussi insensés qui mérite d'être écouté attentivement.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

While Elephant was a success stylistically, Ben Coccio's Zero Day is more haunting and hits home harder.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

probably the most realistic look at how far teen angst can really go, along with the reasons why it exists in the first place

May 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A scrapbook of right-now tensions and suspense.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Writer-director Ben Coccio has made an intensely immediate, meticulously detailed bone-chiller -- it haunts you long after you've wished it would go away.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Gay & Lesbian Times

Zero Day simply proves that feel-bad films are no more instructive than feel-good films.

March 5, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A tough film to forget.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It generates strong visceral impact while conveying the essentially inexplicable nature of such tragedies.

January 23, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

Unsettling and unforgettable.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Gripping, compelling work. It feels pulled from real life, and real life is the most frightening thing there is.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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The film seems to lose its way about midway through.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The 'found' tapes produce a lurid, 'Blair Witch'-like intimacy, though the depiction of the shooting itself ... crosses over into exploitation.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Refreshing and illustrative.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Instantly compelling and increasingly chilling.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Zero Day

Andre: Ready?
Calvin: Aim...

While Zero Day isn't a pleasant film, it is a very well made film. It's extremely realistic in every way and is based off of the Columbine shootings. The two kids Andre and Cal are troubled and finally break and devise a plan that they call Zero Day. The two actors, Andre Keuck and Calvin Robertson are very believable in their roles.

The buildup to Zero Day is made with patience and is as important as the events at the end. We learn how they will execute their plan, we see them around their parents, and we see how they interact with each other. They talk like they are in the military; even calling themselves The Army of Two and saying everything they do is a mission.

The ending is incredibly well-done and ultra-realistic. It's shocking, chilling, haunting, and disturbing. This kind of stuff has happened before and the way the filmmaker tackled the ending was respectful. He didn't show too much, but just enough. This movie really does deserve to be taken seriously and to be seen by more people.
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