Day Zero

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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.

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Elijah Wood
as Aaron Feller
Jon Bernthal
as James Dixon
Chris Klein
as George Rifkin
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Molly Rifkin
Ally Sheedy
as Dr. Reynolds
John Rothman
as Rifkin's Father
Tinashe Kajese
as Rifkin's Secretary
Bob Hogan
as Senior Partner
Ian Kahn
as Liberal Man at Party
Jordin Ruderman
as Liberal Woman at Party
Annie Rohling
as First Woman at Party
Clark Middleton
as Porn Clerk
Charlene Biton
as Peep Show Girl
Malachy Cleary
as Oncologist
Jamison Stern
as First Gay Man
Philip Burke
as Second Gay Man
Michael Shapiro
as News Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Day Zero

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (16)

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

    Jan 23, 2008

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.

    Jan 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Truth to be told, it's hard to care.

    Jan 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jan 17, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There's very little that rings true.

    Jan 17, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Day Zero

  • Aug 13, 2011
    Three friends living in newyork all at diferent stages in their lives, set against the backdrop of a a draft that has fallen on american citizens due to the war. these three get the notices and reflect together what this means, all three having diferent reasons and viewpoints on going/not going. the film is handled well at times, and even trhough its obvious which climate this is set against, not too much is talked about. 9.11 is mentioned and a Los angeles event with more deaths than ground zero in newyork, but again its glimpsed over and to a degree this works for the film, its three friends and their close family dealing with events, and for this while not brilliant its a interesting watch.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2009
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2008
    This movie was boring I would have rather watched paint dry than sit through it again.
    Greg Super Reviewer

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