Countdown to ZeroDirector: Lucy Walker
Conventional wisdom has it that the prospect of nuclear war subsided with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but filmmaker Lucy Walker illustrates how the nuclear threat has only grown in unexpected ways and moved in new directions in this documentary. There are 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, a number of which are unaccounted for (when the USSR split into a handful of separate states, some of their bombs went missing), and as the technology becomes simpler, several major radical terrorist groups and politically unstable nations are trying to obtain nuclear weapons, a prospect that isn't as unlikely as one would hope. And what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on the bomb -- or if some of the "good" people were to detonate one through error or mistaken judgment? In Countdown to Zero, a number of leading politicians and political analysts -- including Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Valerie Plame Wilson, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Zbigniew Brzezinski -- discuss the question of nuclear war in the 21st century and what can be done to eliminate the weapons once and for all. Featuring narration by Gary Oldman and music by Pearl Jam, Countdown to Zero received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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|Valerie Plame Wilson||Participant|
|Lawrence Scott Sheets||Participant|
|Frank von Hippel||Participant|
|R. Scott Kemp||Participant|
|Robert S. McNamara||Participant|
|F.W. de Klerk||Participant|
|Bruce Blair||Executive Producer|
|Matthew Brown||Executive Producer|
|Peter Golub||Score Composer|
|Jeff Skoll||Executive Producer|
|Diane Weyermann||Executive Producer|
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I haven't seen this yet, but the only other review spews a claim about a missile defense system that we don't have...despite spending millions of dollars in the past 30 years... I'd say that, with that opinion out there, that this film is needed...
Someone's not happy unless everyone else is constantly paranoid. After using interviews with random people on the street to show how unaware and uneducated the general public is about nuclear weapons, the filmmaker made a huge mistake using these people's opinions as support for his policy recommendations. Some of the footage, supposedly portraying accidents, is suspect because the explosions looked more like purposeful test runs. And after showing how "easy" it is to build a nuclear warhead, it's never explained how the US and Russia eliminating their ballistic missile supply would actually prevent terrorists from building their own. The knowledge won't just disappear, you know! If you feel like sitting through a lobbying group's two-hour commercial that resorts to scare tactics and doesn't mention ballistic missile defense projects once, by all means go see this film.