Zero Day Reviews
The two main characters are the driving force, but not in the way of any normal film. They are the driving force because you find yourself siding with them at times even though you know from the start what's going to happen. Andre Keuck and Calvin Robertson deliver standout performances.
This film gives a voice to the most hated kind of human being on the planet: the perpetrators of a school shooting. Now before you assume too much just know that it doesn't put a positive spin on their actions. The shooters themselves don't even put a positive spin on their actions. They know that they are murdering people, and they know it's bad, they just don't care.
The found footage approach was really interesting to me. It's like Ben Coccio puts you on an even keel with them without making you feel like them. He humanized them so that you can relate to their thoughts and feelings.
There were a million ways that the disturbing climax could've gone terribly wrong, but Coccio handles the subject matter respectfully without glorifying the affects of the violence. There's no cringe inducing blood splatters here, Coccio lets the harsh reality of the violence do that. The climax is the moment when you realize that you've been tricked too. Just like all the kids at their school, their friends and family, and even each other. You realize that Cal and Andre are psychopaths and they made you care about them. You almost feel betrayed, but that's my favorite aspect of the character development.
I heard critics call this movie a "pointless exercise" and in some ways I agree, but this movie did something wholly original: it explored the psyche of a school shooter. It moves into some very dark territory but Coccio isn't afraid of it. He embraces the reality of the plot, and plunges you into this world that for a moment you really do believe is real.
Riveting, controversial, intriguing, haunting, and at times even funny, the movie packed more of a punch than I would have expected. The character are very wronged teenage boys, based very well around dylan and eric.
The movie never really makes fun oof the columbine massacre but represents it in a dignified way, even if it is at time very spine chilling and cruel. That school footage at the end will leave a mark on you for days.
I have very few problems with the movie, but I do have them. The very last scene of other kids burning the two shooters crosses was a decent end but kind of unnecessary. The scenes with the parents are kind of pointless and make no sence to me to add in your genocide types. And my main problem, like the actual incident, is their motive. Ok, I get it, you were harassed but they seem to do the same thing to eachother. Especially considering they were almost done with school. I don't know why, but for both the fictional and real events that is just dazzling.
Nitpicking and wondering aside, Zero Day is a very good low budget film, people should definitely give it atleast one viewing.