Zero Day (2003)
Directed by Ben Coccio. Starring Cal Robertson and Andre Keuck. Movie Unrated in the United States for Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense scenes.
This movie is a “video chronicle” type movie. It follows the lives of “The Army of Two”-two high school friends that declare a war on their high school with event similar to the Columbine High School Massacre. The boys decide to produce video diaries about their planning, why they have decided to do it, who was and was not involved in their planning and many other things. We see videos of their “missions” to help prep themselves for “Zero Day” and we see just how smart and these boys actually are when planning the day and an escape if prompted. In their video diaries we see into their lives and really ask ourselves “why would these boys decide to do this?” The boys seem happy and have apparently very loving and caring families. As Zero Day approches, the boys begin to become less nervous and more ready and excited for the events to take place. When Zero Day finally arrives, the viewer now watches through security cameras around the school with audio from a cell phone call to 911. The day goes according to plans for the boys. Everything except their escape, that is.
Oh boy, this movie was far far better than I had expected. I don’t usually like “video chronicle” type movies but this one was perfect. It left a lot of questions unanswered but for a good reason. Even though the boys in this film knew why they wanted to destroy their school and why they wanted to do what they did, the viewers are really kept out of the loop. Most of it doesn’t make much sense but in reality when a massacre like this happens in real life, there are so many questions that go unanswered no matter how much of it is documented and analyzed. The acting by both boys is phenomenal I could not believe how good of actors both of them were. I almost forgot they were acting. I felt like I was watching a real video diary. I would watch this movie a million times just to figure out what was going on and to try to make the ending different.
★★★★★ 5/5 Stars: Watch over and over again!