Zero Day Reviews
The film delves deeply into the processes involved in such incidents, from the obtaining of firearms to the often ambiguous motivations. However, this focus on the technical side is overshadowed by the filmmakers choice to show the perpetrators for what they really are: people with loving families. With hobbies. With a sense of humor.
That's the real punch of the movie: You're given the people. You're given their objectives. In essence, you're given the ending; But everything in between is what most of us don't even consider when discussing this social phenomenon. Save their drive to do the unthinkable, they are just like you and me. In fact, were I to meet these characters, I can honestly see myself getting along just fine with them.
The ending will stay with me forever. By the time I witnessed what was hinted at through the entire film, it FELT like I was watching actual security footage of a school shooting. My mind began to spin. I was in awe at the cold spectacle of dozens fleeing for their lives. I was heartbroken to see the young men I had begun to sympathize with partake in such a harrowing act. And, above all, I was infuriated by the apparent delight they took with each kill. For a good bit of this portion, I was convinced these were no longer the people I had just witnessed spending time with their mothers and fathers.
Then, just before taking their own lives, there is a moment in which they debate when to pull the triggers (the universally relatable moment of deciding the definition of "on three"). Something about this moment made me realize that somewhere in those clumzy killing machines were remnants of logic; in a word, humanity...
It's late. Maybe some day i'll come back to this one when I know exactly what the fuck I trying to say.
~ Average Movie Guy