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Day Zero

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Cast: Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, Chris Klein, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elisabeth Moss, Ally Sheedy

Director(s): Bryan Gunnar Cole

Genre: War/Drama

Year: 2007

Rating: R

The military draft is back. Three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty. In that time they're forced to confront everything they believe about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. If called to serve, what would you do?

There's been many war-type films made since 9/11 and the war started in Iraq and Day Zero is another but much different and also much more intelligent than the others that came before it. The film deals with the reinstatement of the military draft and how three friends all of whom received notice to report in 30 days for duty deal with it and how each one reflects on their own lives. Director Bryan Gunnar Cole really deserves a lot of credit here for getting the most out of his young talent cast and keeping the film moving at a good pace while still being thought-provoking. Chris Klein very convincingly plays George, a young man recently excepted into a law firm and who is not for the war still going on in the Mideast. He looks for anyway to get out of going as he does not want to lose out on the big break he had just gotten. Jon Bernthal is excellent as Dixon, a street-smart cab driver who willingly defends his friends with his fists, but is the solid, caring anchor in the life of a young girl in his building who prefers spending time with him to dealing with her drug addicted mother and the always talented Elijah Wood plays Aaron, a young writer with a successful book who has issues with in his and is trying to make the deadline on his second book, Aaron is the most complex of the three friends and thinks that he is going to most certainly die serving his country. Day Zero is a film about the war yes, but it's more a human drama, one that puts a face on every soldier ever called to duty and a film that makes you wonder what you might do in a situation such as this. The camera work is amazing, it's as if you are sitting right next to these three young men, a feel what the feel and you care about them very much. If you enjoy character-driven movies then you need to see Day Zero, the production values across the board are top notch making this one of the best drama's I have seen in some time. Released by First Look Studios. ***** Out Of *****