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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.
"COUNTDOWN TO ZERO makes old terrors radioactively new again....[Lucy Walker] has her finger on the ultimate hot-button topic, and she doesn't let go." -- Grade: A-
4 stars out of 5 -- "COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is effective and frightening. It is not a film without hope, as this is very much an advocacy film that suggests how the nuclear threat could be eliminated..."
"Cleverly structured around John F. Kennedy's 1961 address to the United Nations about disarmament, Lucy Walker's documentary assembles a nuclear Who's Who of concerned scientists, writers and politicians."
New York Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "Walker makes a clear, cogent and irrefutable case for the total elimination of nuclear weapons."
"COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is both a comprehensive look at the many ways we are all in terrible danger from the world's 23,000 nuclear weapons and and an understandably desperate plea to cut that total to zero."
Los Angeles Times
"[I]t has a sense of rhythm, color and humanity that evokes melancholy rather than dread. The nighttime photography, of the world's most luminous cities, awakens our sense of grief -- not for what's gone, but for what could be, in the blink of an eye."
Wall Street Journal
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