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Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 8 July 2016 (USA)
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A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

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Alex Gibney

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Alex Gibney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Ulasen ... Self - Antivirus Expert, Belarus
Eric Chien ... Self - Symantec Security Response
Eugene Kaspersky ... Self - Kaspersky Lab
Vitaly Kamluk ... Self - Kaspersky Lab
Ralph Langner ... Self - Control Systems Security Consultant
Liam O'Murchu ... Self - Symantec Security Response
David Sanger ... Self - Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times
Gary Samore ... Self - WMD Czar 2009 - 2013
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen ... Self - CIA Officer 1982 - 2005
Olli Heinonen ... Self - International Atomic Energy Agency 1983 - 2010
Emad Kiyaei ... Self - Executive Director, American Iranian Council
Richard Clarke ... Self - Counterterrorism Expert (as Richard A. Clarke)
Michael Hayden ... Self - Director of NSA 1999 - 2005, Director of CIA 2006 - 2009 (as General Michael Hayden)
Yossi Melman ... Self - Co-Author, Spies Against Armageddon
Amos Yadlin ... Self - Commander of Israeli Defense Intelligence 2006 - 2010 (as Major General Amos Yadin)
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Documentary detailing claims of American/Israeli jointly developed malware Stuxnet being deployed not only to destroy Iranian enrichment centrifuges but also threaten attacks against Iranian civilian infrastructure. Adresses obvious potential blowback of this possibly being deployed against the US by Iran in retaliation.

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Welcome to the next global war. See more »

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PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Michael Hayden: Look, for longest time, I was in fear that I couldn't say the phrase Computer Network Attack. This stuff is hideously over classified and it gets into the way of a mature public discussion as to what it is we as a democracy want our nation to be doing up here in the cyber domain. Now, this is the former director of NSA and CIA saying this stuff is over classified. One of the reasons it's highly classified as it is: this is a peculiar weapon system. This is the weapon system that's come out of ...
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Well-Done, Disturbing Documentary
18 August 2016 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Zero Days is an important documentary devoted much needed attention to the issue of cyberwarfare, focusing on a case study of the Stuxnet attack. It provides a behind the scenes take on the discovery and the development of the virus, as well as the political developments that caused it to spiral out of control.

Alex Gibney does a good job of explaining the technical aspects of the computer virus, as well as the political context that spurred the United States and Israel to develop the computer virus. He assembles a good cast of interviewees from various perspectives on the issue. Although Gibney has a definite viewpoint, he gives both sides of the question a hearing.

Although I had previously watched news coverage dealing with Stuxnet, this documentary goes far more in depth, making good use of inside sources within the NSA. In particular, Gibney examines the split that emerged between the United States and Israel over the use of the virus, ultimately culminating in a near disaster. The film provides a disturbing warning of how the American and Israeli governments have potentially opened a Pandora's box.

This film is important viewing that should be seen by everyone interested in current events or concerned over the implications of American foreign policy.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$49,110, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:

$109,649

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,649
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