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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Ulasen Sergey Ulasen ... Himself
Eric Chien Eric Chien ... Himself
Eugene Kaspersky Eugene Kaspersky ... Himself
Vitaly Kamluk Vitaly Kamluk ... Himself
Ralph Langner Ralph Langner ... Himself
Liam O'Murchu Liam O'Murchu ... Himself
David Sanger David Sanger ... Himself
Gary Samore Gary Samore ... Himself
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen Rolf Mowatt-Larssen ... Himself
Olli Heinonen Olli Heinonen ... Himself
Emad Kiyaei Emad Kiyaei ... Himself
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Himself (as Richard A. Clarke)
Michael Hayden ... Himself (as General Michael Hayden)
Yossi Melman Yossi Melman ... Himself
Amos Yadlin Amos Yadlin ... Himself (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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This Weapon Can't Be Put Back See more »

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

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English | Persian | German | French | Hebrew | Arabic | Russian

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,110, 10 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,906, 29 July 2016
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Important, but also accessible and fascinating
22 January 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched the BBC Storyville version of this film, which appears to run about 20 minutes or so shorter than the feature currently in cinemas; not sure what was lost in that, but I mention it for context. At the start of the film we have several talking heads who refuse to even respond to a question regarding the computer virus/worm which attacked Iran's nuclear centrifuges; this opening sets the stage for a documentary where a lot has to be pieced together, or cannot officially be known, but yet manages to do it in a way that gives the viewer a broad view, with enough detail to aid understanding, but nothing likely to lose you (I say this as someone who can setup his wifi but not much more).

The film starts after the fact and works backwards. In doing this it allows to do enter the subject via the security companies who found this virus and started trying to figure out what it does. This is done in a way that is engaging and accessible, even though you are talking about guys reading screen after screen of code. From here the film starts to draw in the politics, to explain Iran, and as it does this, the pieces fall into place – just as they did for the security guys. This framing helps make the film clear to follow, but also builds the tension in the film as we go from the unknown, to the understanding, and then are left with what it means for the road ahead.

The film's ending doesn't really do a good job of leaving us with that chill (I think the drawing in of the Iran deal didn't really work), but mostly it still does leave the viewer thinking about how much could go wrong if key infrastructure elements were switched off or controlled to do harm. Watching it a few days after the inauguration of Trump only makes it more chilling, since the only time I have heard him speak about this he said "So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable". Hardly oil on troubled waters.


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