REVIEW: DAY ZERO
SYNOPSIS: DAY ZERO
stars Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, Chris Klein, and Ginnifer
Goodwin. DAY ZERO is a timely political and personal story
of three young men as the military draft is reinstated.
Three best friends, George (Chris Klein) a successful
lawyer, Dixon (Jon Bernthal) a tough-as-nails cab driver,
and Feller (Elijah Wood) a writer with a host of
insecurities, 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
REVIEW: More than 13
films about the war on terror were released in 2007. With
many of the films failing to get the audience'S attention.
Day Zero a film directed by a well know television director
Bryan Gunnar Cole and written by Robert Malkani, was
originally scheduled to be released back in November 2007.
However, with lack of interest in war movies even for
bigger productions like "Lions for Lambs", "Rendition" and
"The Kingdom" its release date was moved to January 18,
The film revolves around three good friends from New York;
Dixon (Jon Bernthal) , Rifkin (Chris Klein) and Feller
(Elijah Wood) who were drafted by the Army within 30 days to
report. The story sounds interesting, but at the same time
is complex. In his script, Malkani fails completely to
create a strong connection between any of the characters and
the audience, providing zero emotion during the film. At
times, it becomes irrelevant if they decide to report, if
they are against the war or in favor. Somehow the
impression given is that of neutrality on the issue of the
war focusing more on presenting the personal conflicts of
the main characters and not the main plot, the draft.
That was the main challenge for this writer with this film,
which as a result caused him to come short in presenting
this story. The cast was not a factor in this film
since the script didn't offer much. Elijah Wood and
the rest of the cast did an acceptable performance.
Overall this film proves once more that making war movies
that touch controversial issues is big challenge, especially
if you want to be politically correct.
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