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  • Summary: Day Zero is a timely political and personal story of three young men as the military draft is reinstated. Three best friends, George a successful lawyer, Dixon a tough-as-nails cab driver, and Feller a writer with a host of insecurities, 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. (First Look Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. What's good about the idea is that it triggers the kind of debate we would be having over Iraq if there was a draft. What's bad about it is that the three main characters in Robert Malkani's script - anti-war lawyer George (Chris Klein), gung-ho cab driver Dixon (Jon Bernthal) and sissy novelist Aaron (Elijah Wood) - are not interesting, either as individuals or as three amigos.
  2. 50
    The actors -- especially Klein and Bernthal -- deliver startlingly powerful performances.
  3. Its view of the near future may be vaguely plausible and its performances persuasive, but its formulaic construction, internal inconsistencies and fuzzy ending undermine its integrity. It has nothing to say about the big issues -- manhood, war and friendship -- that hasn’t been explored with more depth and honesty in a hundred other movies.
  4. 38
    A lukewarm film about what might happen to three New York City friends if the draft were reinstated, proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    30
    With ludicrous gravity and a narrow-minded view of courage and conviction, the film's what-if scenario is presented as a reality check to every ostensibly unimaginative male who's come of age in the draftless years since Vietnam.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5

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