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PG| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Although the Cold War is behind us, the threat of nuclear disaster remains very real. Director Lucy Walker discusses the invention of the atomic bomb and brings the story into the present day, examining the possibility of nuclear calamity under the categories of "Madness," "Accident" and "Miscalculation." With narration by Gary Oldman, the film includes a hypothetical sequence of a nuclear explosion in New York City's Times Square, timed to coincide with the New Year's Eve countdown.

Cast: Gary Oldman

Director: Lucy Walker

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Countdown to Zero (2010)

Release Date: January 25th, 2010|1 hr. 30 min.

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  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a sobering piece of advocacy cinema. show more

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal

    As odd as it may sound, it's a remarkably beautiful movie. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Although the movie intends to incite viewers to social action, it is just as likely to paralyze them with fear. show more

  • August 21, 2010 IRideRedNow
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    No surprise the new 'Countdown to Zero' disarmament documentary omits life-saving strategies from their agenda of banning nukes, like advocating public Civil Defense, to try and better survive nukes in the meantime. The disarmament movement for decades has hyped that with nukes; all will die or it will be so bad you'll wish you had. Most have bought into it, now thinking it futile, bordering on lunacy, to try to learn how to survive a nuclear blast and radioactive fallout. In a tragic irony, the disarmament movement has rendered millions of American families even more vulnerable to perishing from nukes in the future. The greatest tragedy of that horrific loss of life, when nukes come to America, will be that most families had needlessly perished, out of ignorance of how easily they might have avoided becoming additional casualties, all because they were duped that it was futile to ever try to learn how to beforehand. The disarmament movement's sincere supporters, just wanting a world safe from nukes, will discover those unintended consequences to be inconvenient truths of the worst kind. I'm out of room here, but see www.ki4u.com/countdowntozero.htm for proof of above.

  • July 19, 2010 adult master
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    I look forward to this movie

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