Day Zero (2008) 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… 2008-01-18 R PT95M Drama Chris Klein Elijah Wood First Look
Movie Review

Day Zero (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
DAY ZERO Elijah Wood mopes through this indie that imagines a reinstated draft filling the ranks shipping out to Iraq
DAY ZERO Elijah Wood mopes through this indie that imagines a reinstated draft filling the ranks shipping out to Iraq
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jan 18, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Chris Klein and Elijah Wood; Distributor: First Look

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

Originally posted Jan 17, 2008 Published in issue #975 Jan 25, 2008 Order article reprints