Cast: Elijah Wood, John Bernthal, Chris Klein, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elisabeth Moss and Ally Sheedy.
Original Release Date: In Theaters January 18, 2008
Scores: Technical: 80, Story: 90, Acting: 90, Overall Score: 87
A group of close friends receive draft notices and must report for military service in 30 days as the war in the Middle East escalates following a terrorist attack on Los Angeles and the attack on the World trade center. Day Zero follows George Rifkin (Chris Klein), Aaron Feller (Elijah Wood) and Dixon (Jon Bernthal) as they are forced to confront their beliefs of courage, duty and honor.
At first glance I believed that Day Zero may end up being a typical Hollywood political statement about the War in Iraq, but instead you find a well crafted character driven drama with a well balanced cast and strong heartfelt moments. Director Bryan Gunnar Cole tells a great tale of fear, confusion and the ultimate acceptance of your duty as an American.
Regardless of your stance on the war in the middle east, Day Zero is a must see with a beautifully captured film with an intriguing storyline, great acting and fine direction.
Drafted… 30 Days to Report For Duty. What would you do?
By Brian Corder