Gregory Kirschling
January 16, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Day Zero

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/18/08
performer
Chris Klein, Elijah Wood
director
Bryan Gunnar Cole
distributor
First Look
author
Robert Malkani
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

For an Iraq war movie, Day Zero has a unique premise: What if the draft were reinstated, and three boyhood pals living in New York had 30 days to report for duty? But the film is so insular, so small and indie, that there’s no rattling tension or charge in it. As the pals, Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, and especially Chris Klein mope around noncommittally, as if it were an upcoming trip to the in-laws’ they were dreading — not a potentially one-way ticket to a war zone. Ally Sheedy costars as the most inexplicably lousy shrink you’ve ever seen. C

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