Day Zero deals with an unimaginable situation of a draft being enforced by the government to deal with the events going on in Iraq. Young men are given thirty days to report for duty and in that time must put everything aside, say good bye to loved ones and realize that they might not be coming back.
The story revolves around three friends, Aaron (Elijah Wood
), Dixon (Jon Bernthal
) and George (Chris Klein
), who all received letters to get ready to serve. Dixon is a taxi cab driver and truly believes that if we were to ever live in peace, we must do whatever we can to help Middle Eastern countries set up democracy. George, on the other hand, is a partner in a law firm and recently got married. His goals are to work hard and start a family with his wife, who is in the midst of her fight with cancer. He decides not to fight in a war that wasn't supposed to even happen and pressures his father to get him out of it. Finally, Aaron doesn't have any feelings toward the war at all, and decides to create a list of ten things which he must complete before he is shipped off. Article continues below
What's great about this movie is that it's not political in any way. At no time does the movie question the war or President Bush's decisions. It doesn't even focus on the draft or whether something like that could even happen. It simply sets up a situation and introduces us to three characters who must deal with what's given. A rarity in today's cinema.
The acting in this movie is excellent, with Wood delivering one of his best performances ever. His character's many doubts and fears created a complicated person, which any actor would struggle with. But Wood handled it with the greatest of ease. It was also great to see a big man like Klein, portray a very frightened and helpless man.
The movie has several exciting scenes that will get your heart pumping, but overall it is a look into ourselves to see what we would do if we were faced with such a situation. Would you drop everything and leave your loved ones, to put yourself in risk for your country?