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Day Zero (2007)

R | | Drama | 29 April 2007 (USA)
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.

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Rifkin
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Dixon
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Molly
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Rifkin's Father
Daniel Oreskes ...
Gus (as Daniel Orskes)
Tinashe Kajese ...
Rifkin's Secretary
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Lawyer
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Liberal Man at Party
Jordin Ruderman ...
Liberal Woman at Party (as Jordan Ruderman)
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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? Written by Anonymous

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duty | friend | honor | courage | love | See All (170) »

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Drafted... 30 Days to Report For Duty. What would you do?

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Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Dia Zero  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,800 (USA) (18 January 2008)

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$13,800 (USA) (18 January 2008)
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Aaron has his head completely shaved, but too soon afterward, he has more hair growth than he should have had. See more »

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Title Card: From World War I through the Vietnam War, the United States Military relied on the draft for troops. During that period over 16 million men were drafted to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Following the Vietnam War the United States suspended the draft. Until now.
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Free Me
Written by Erin O'Hara
Performed by Erin O'Hara
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Worth Watching
23 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was left speechless after watching Day Zero, and may have to watch it again to fully grasp the full range of lunacy it presents. The film took me through every emotion I believe I am capable of feeling, from fear and laughter to that sneaking sort of anti-nationalism felt by most Americans today: I love my country, but I hate when its government pulls such ridiculous stunts.

Day Zero poses a very valid question: Is it right for a democratic nation to draft its citizens to fight a war for quote-unquote freedom? The film leaves the question open-ended, but definitely casts its vote in favor of yes. Day Zero reminds us that freedom has never been free, and the time may come again that men and women will have to fight for, in the words of Dixon, "Choice... our way of life." I will now admit my bias toward Elijah Wood. I rented this movie solely to see what my beloved Frodo has been up to. I was horrified that Wood was not only regularly sized, but also indulging in mad fantasies of prostitutes and shaven heads. My disturbedness aside, I must say that his performance was really very excellent. However, I must add that the conclusion of his character's story was less than satisfying, despite the fact that it was logical.

Day Zero is an interesting study of three somewhat bland and normal people caught up in modern political mayhem. It would have been more appropriate in, say, 2003 or 4, while the Bush era was at its height, as were fears of the draft returning. History has now rendered the film largely obsolete. However, mediocre script writing rendered the film obsolete almost immediately. It is worth a watch, definitely, but I firmly believe this film will not have real value until we use it to teach the next generation about this time in our nation.

Day Zero is worth watching precisely because it so accurately captures the spirit of fear and independence present in our nation today. It is not the best movie ever made, but it will do.


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