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Day Zero -- Three young friends are faced with a serious choice when the military draft is reinstated and all three are given a 30-day notice to report for duty.
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Day Zero -- The draft is back - what would you do if called to serve?  In the near future, our troops are stretched so thin that Congress is forced to re-instate the draft.  In New York City, three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty.


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Drafted... 30 Days to Report For Duty. What would you do?
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Elijah Wood ... Feller

Chris Klein ... Rifkin

Jon Bernthal ... Dixon

Ginnifer Goodwin ... Molly

Elisabeth Moss ... Patricia

Ally Sheedy ... Dr. Reynolds

Sofia Vassilieva ... Mara

John Rothman ... Rifkin's Father
Daniel Oreskes ... Gus (as Daniel Orskes)
Tinashe Kajese ... Rifkin's Secretary

Robert Hogan ... Senior Partner (as Bob Hogan)

Adam LeFevre ... Client (as Adam Le Fevre)

Amir Arison ... Lawyer

Ian Kahn ... Liberal Man at Party
Jordin Ruderman ... Liberal Woman at Party (as Jordan Ruderman)

Annie Rohling ... First Woman at Party

Clark Middleton ... Porn Clerk
Charlene Biton ... Peep Show Girl

Alexandra Rose ... Rifkin's Niece (as Alexandra Rose Sullivan)
Janelle Anne Robinson ... Bar Waitress (as Janelle Robinson)
Malachy Cleary ... Oncologist

Michelle DiBenedetti ... Prostitute (as M.J. Di Benedetti)
Jon David Casey ... Pimp

Jamison Stern ... First Gay Man

Phil Burke ... Second Gay Man
Malina Linkas ... Lounge Woman
Beth Beyer ... Taxi Customer
Michael Shapiro ... News Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Avondolio ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Aran Bertetto ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Amelia Randolph Campbell ... Jewish Woman (uncredited)

Turhan Caylak ... Doorman (uncredited)

Tanya Clarke ... Mara's Mom (uncredited)

Scott Conner ... Fertility Guy (uncredited)

David Lee Denny Jr. ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Joey Duke ... Bodybuilder (uncredited)
Theresa Fowler ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jayson Gladstone ... Nurse (uncredited)
Celestial Hakim ... Jessica's Daughter (uncredited)
Jacqueline Ann Holloway ... Nurse (uncredited)

Zoe Lister-Jones ... Jessica Hendricks (uncredited)

Jody Kay Litman ... Party Woman (uncredited)
Cynthia Loebe ... Streetwalker (uncredited)

Kasey Marr ... Bartender (uncredited)

Victor Medina-San Andrés ... Bar Brawler (uncredited)
Bradley Miles ... Streetwalker (uncredited)

Lee Miller ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
Susan Molloy ... Rifkin's Sister (uncredited)
Kal Parekh ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Craig Pollack ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Rodney Roldan ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Melissa Goodwin Shepherd ... Rifkin's Sister (uncredited)
Anna Swanson ... Girl in Office (uncredited)
Ronald Thomas ... Neighborhood Observer (uncredited)

Brad Thomason ... Rifkin's Brother-in-Law (uncredited)
TonyaTko ... Bar Bombshell (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Gunnar Cole 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Malkani  written by

Produced by
Robert Malkani .... executive producer
Anthony Moody .... producer
Daniel Sollinger .... line producer
Original Music by
Erin O'Hara 
Cinematography by
Matthew Clark (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bryan Gunnar Cole 
Casting by
Judy Henderson 
Production Design by
Laurie Krupp 
Art Direction by
A.R. Brook Lynn  (as Alex Brook Lynn)
Set Decoration by
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo  (as Melissa B. Miller)
Costume Design by
Andrea Huelse 
Makeup Department
Lisa DelleChiaie .... key hair stylist
Michelle Kearns .... additional makeup artist
Lauzanne Nel .... additional makeup artist
David Presto .... key hair designer
David Presto .... makeup department head
Leo Won .... additional makeup artist
Loretta Alston .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Loretta Alston .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Csaba Bereczky .... production manager
Kimberly K. Ferraro .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Hall .... second assistant director (as Brtuce Edward Hall)
Lyon Reese .... first assistant director (as Jolyon Reese)
Joe Wehmeyer .... second second assistant director
Neil Daly .... first assistant director: pre-production (uncredited)
Art Department
Aysi Amdjadi .... art intern
Matt Bronshvag .... additional set dresser (as Mathew Bronschvag)
Daniel .... carpenter
Kley Gilbuena .... additional set dresser (as Kiley C. Gilbuena)
Paul Matamoros .... art intern
Mark McElligot .... art intern
Anita Paccione .... art intern
Illya Radysh .... carpenter
Elizabeth Ralston .... on-set dresser
Andrea Seidel .... property master
Mark Sonderskov .... carpenter: breakaway prop
Adriano Valle .... additional set dresser
Paul Wielonsky .... art intern
Victor Medina-San Andrés .... art consultant (uncredited)
Victor Medina-San Andrés .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Carmen Borgia .... foley artist: Du Art
Mike Guarino .... additional on-set sound mixer
Mike Guarino .... boom operator
Matt Gundy .... sound effects editor: Du Art
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Ken Jackson .... additional on-set sound mixer
Kevin Wilson .... final sound mixer: Du Art
Kevin Wilson .... supervising sound designer: Du Art
John Sember .... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mike Nuget .... visual effects (uncredited)
Damian Achilles .... stunts (uncredited)
Gabriel Hansen .... stunts (uncredited)
Derrick Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Applebaum .... electric intern
Mark Beattie .... electrician
Jess Fogel .... electrician
Shawn Greene .... gaffer (as Shawn Green)
Linda Kallerus .... first assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Sebastian Mlynarski .... still photographer
Jeff Niggemeyer .... key grip
Anwar Payne .... key rigging grip
Walter Strafford .... rigging grip
Sean Taylor .... best boy grip
Vance Tucker .... grip
Ryan Webb .... best boy
Joy Weber .... best boy electrician
Zoe White .... second assistant camera
Zenfeek .... grip (as Jon Unjang)
Mark Beattie .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Olivier Bernier .... additional grip (uncredited)
James McCusker .... gaffer (uncredited)
Matthew Mendelson .... key grip (uncredited)
Marialuisa Ramirez .... gaffer (uncredited)
Stewart Resmer .... grip and electric truck (uncredited)
Meg Schrock .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Meg Schrock .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Simon Shen .... lamp operator (uncredited)
John Shim .... additional grip (uncredited)
Josh Taylor .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Travis Tips .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Zenfeek .... first company grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kimberly Graham .... casting associate
Katie Matulonis .... extras casting
Janelle Anne Robinson .... casting assistant (as Janelle Robinson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Osomede Ayinde .... wardrobe intern
Mark Richard Caswell .... wardrobe intern (as Mark Caswell)
Cameron Cooper .... wardrobe intern
Gracie Cox .... wardrobe assistant
Christine Edwards .... wardrobe intern
Martina Melendez .... wardrobe intern
Olivia Mori .... assistant costume designer
Sarah Shears .... wardrobe assistant
Chrissy Stewart .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saleem Aziz .... first assistant editor
Roger Doran .... colorist
Ned Thorne .... edit room assistant
Music Department
Catherine Bent .... musician
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Peter DeBoer .... additional scoring mixer
Emery Dobyns .... music arranger
Emery Dobyns .... musician
Emery Dobyns .... orchestrator
Emery Dobyns .... score producer
Emery Dobyns .... scoring engineer
Emery Dobyns .... scoring mixer
Tom Gavin .... musician
Matt Gundy .... music editor: Du Art
Graham Hawthorne .... musician
Erin O'Hara .... musician
Tony Shanahan .... music arranger
Tony Shanahan .... musician
Tony Shanahan .... orchestrator
Tony Shanahan .... score producer
Megan Weeder .... musician
Jimi Zhivago .... musician (as Jimmy Zhivago)
Jason Diamond .... music consultant (uncredited)
Jason Diamond .... music editor (uncredited)
Josh Diamond .... music consultant (uncredited)
Josh Diamond .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Reedy .... transportation captain
Other crew
Katri Billard .... script supervisor
Kate Borne .... adr loop group
Stefano Cargnel .... office intern
Elisa Castaneda .... production assistant
Mark Andrew Clark .... acquisitions executive
Harriet Steel Durkes .... assistant: Mr. Moody (as Harriet Durkes)
Elijah Estes .... parking production assistant
Drew Evans .... production assistant
Jonathan Gray .... legal counsel
Preston Greenwood .... parking production assistant
Paul Irwin .... assistant location manager
Sondra James .... loop group coordinator
Vanessa Kai .... adr loop group
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis A. Katz)
Evan Krauss .... legal counsel
Kirk A. Lewis .... parking production assistant
Selenis Leyva .... adr loop group
Hector Linova .... child welfare manager
Arthur Louis .... office intern
Marcus Maurice .... adr loop group
Nicholas McManus .... craft service production assistant (as Nickholas McManus)
Ramon Morillo .... location assistant
Sean Nelson .... adr loop group
Carninal O'Hara .... office intern
Mary Patterson .... production coordinator
Dan Seery .... office intern
R. Zachary Shildwachter .... key set production assistant (as Zach Shildwachter)
Joleen Small .... office intern
Jeffrey R. Stimmel .... location manager (as Jeff Stimmel)
Ned Thorne .... assistant: Mr. Cole
Miriam Tielmann .... production assistant
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group
Ed Trucco .... adr loop group
Nathan Weinstein .... web intern
Jason Wingo .... parking production assistant
Melinda Ziyadat .... production assistant
Jesse Beller .... production assistant (uncredited)
Katie Matulonis .... background production assistant (uncredited)
Mikhail Baryshnikov .... very special thanks
Jason Diamond .... very special thanks
Josh Diamond .... very special thanks
Justin Feldman .... very special thanks
Jonathan Gray .... very special thanks
Evan Krauss .... very special thanks
David Kwok .... very special thanks
Jeannie Moody .... very special thanks
Erin O'Hara .... very special thanks
Kathleen Thorne .... very special thanks
Tom Touchet .... very special thanks
Joanne Wiles .... very special thanks

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Rated R for language, sexual content, some violence and drug use
92 min
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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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32 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Elijah Wood's Best Performance to Date, 8 May 2007
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It's 30 days before DAY ZERO, when three friends are to be drafted into the army during the raging war in Iraq. They react to the news and somehow come to terms with reality. On this simple (even thin) premise, Brian Cole crafts a well balanced 90 minutes, which manages to cloud a specific or biased point-of-view. Sure, there's anti-war clambering and patriotic posturing. There's plenty of flag waving and flag burning, but this film is not about the draft or serving one's country. As a reviewer who has already been drafted to face a war (in Viet-nam) and had to grapple with decisions that would ultimately shape the remainder of my life, I know this film is about "the inner self"—the draft being the catalyst and the reactions mere symptoms to the rumbling of the human spirit or the lack there of.

The three stars carry the film a long way and beyond. Chris Klein as George Rifkin represents the majority view, that the draft is a life interrupter. One never gets the impression that George is a coward. He just wants to continue his law practice, enjoy his family and wife; and ultimately, his anti-draft stance festers from resentment to anger. Jon Bernthal as James Dixon represents the patriotic view, that "it had to happen sooner or later," and everyone should stand up and fight terrorism. He is a violent and disturbed man, short fused and drives a taxi for a living, quite a contrast from George. He imprints his views on his friends without hesitation, but when he meets a girl, his views are somewhat tempered. Elijah Wood, in his best performance on screen to date (yes, even better than Mr. Baggins), plays Aaron Feller, a naïve, fragile man, who has just published his first novel and is working on the second. He is thrown into a panic by the draft notice. He looks for help in all the right places, and doesn't find it. He then looks in all the wrong places, and does. He manages to face his inner demon and takes the appropriate corrective action.

The three friends interact with great chemistry. While Wood carries the film's main theme and presents it with pathos and comedy, the more political and preachy messages come from Klein and Bernthal. Bernthal's raging approach to life is engaging. He is always there for his friends, but not without cost. He chews up the scenery. Klein, on the other hand, gets the more conventional row to hoe, with everything from draft dodger to conscientious objector. He whines and bleats and tears his hair out (figuratively. Wood loses his, literally). Between Bernthal and Klein, we have Macbeth and King Lear, so it is up to Wood to bring the real interest. He crafts his character from thin air, as his scenes are mostly interspersed vignettes that are visually appealing and pathetically comic. In fact, Wood's sense of comedic timing matches the great stars of cinema, like Chaplin. He takes us from entertaining comic relief to riveting drama as Aaron takes a roller coaster ride from naïve to psychosis in 30 days to Day Zero.

This film has only been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, where I am sure it will win awards and be picked up by a distributor (if not, the film industry is blind). It demonstrates that in the hands of a thinking director, three strong actors can create storms in tea cups. It also provides the viewing audience with Elijah Wood's best of many great performances on celluloid, and for an actor nearing his 40th film, it is a landmark. A

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