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Day Zero (2007)

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

Director:

Bryan Gunnar Cole

Writer:

Robert Malkani

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dia Zero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,800, 20 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,800, 20 January 2008
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Indalo Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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References Joanna's Angels (2005) See more »

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Voice of a Gun
Written by Erin O'Hara and Tony Shanahan
Performed by Erin O'Hara
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What if the Draft were Reinstated?
3 March 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

The Draft as a means for supplying the armed forces with manpower ended with the Vietnam War. DAY ZERO is a thought provoking film that raises the question of how today's youth would respond were the Draft reinstated as a result of the ever-growing Iraq War. Writer Robert Malkani and director Bryan Gunnar Cole respond to the question by creating three characters, long time friends, but each with a different response to the forced servitude in a wartime situation. As with any film dealing with controversial subject matter there are ideas presented that will disturb just about everyone no matter their stance on compulsive servitude, and it is that aspect that makes this film work so well in jolting our thinking.

The time is New York, now, and the media has just announced the reinstatement of the Draft to cope with the drained national volunteer army. Three friends receive their draft notices simultaneously: successful lawyer George Rifkin (Chris Klein) whose marriage to a cancer survivor wife Molly (Ginnifer Goodwin) is part of the solid state of life he resists changing; fantasy writer Aaron Feller (Elijah Wood) who is in progress on a novel he must finish while his life is otherwise rather on shaky ground, controlled by his loopy therapist (Ally Sheedy); cab driver James Dixon (Jon Bernthal) who has a past history of being a loner and attempting to control violent behavior. The gamut runs from refusal to even consider the draft (Rifkin) to being nonplussed by the disruption to his psyche (Feller) to gung-ho ready to fight Dixon. The three young men have thirty days to Day Zero and in those thirty days each undergoes profound changes and introspection and self-discovery that very keenly illustrates the effect that such a governmental edict can have on today's youth.

This is ensemble acting that rivals that of any fine film: there are no stars here, only actors portraying emotional changes that are universal in nature. And for a first film by director Cole it succeeds on most levels. In addition to the work of the four main actors there are fine cameos by young Sofia Vassilieva and by Elisabeth Moss. The film is meant to raise questions, challenge our current complacency and our views of the concept or war and military obligation. That it is disturbing is part of the power of the work. Grady Harp


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