I was watching The National Geographic Channel the other day and there was a program on about the Columbine school shootings. It was a terrible tragedy and left a lot of people asking "How could anyone do something like this"? A question that can never really be answered, because there really isn't an answer.
Well, after watching the show I jumped on the net and was looking at Wikipedia's article on the tragedy. In the article, I came across a couple of movies that have been made based on the event. One being "Zero Day", an independent film released in 2003 and directed by Ben Coccio. After a little research, I actually discovered this movie was on Google video in it's entirety, so I watched this film the other day and here is a little review of it.
"Zero Day" is shot completely with hand-held camera's (the budget was only $20,000) and is shown from Andre and Cal's (the killers) point of view. Andre and Cal come across as relatively normal teenagers, with a horrific secret. They're planning a massive school shooting that will take place on "Zero Day"(a date that is undetermined at the beginning, but becomes clearer as the movie goes on). The movie is a series of videos that chronical the events leading up to the assault on their school. They go back and forth showing them with family and friends and showing them preparing for the attack. To avoid being caught, they set up a safety deposit box at the bank to keep the tapes from being discovered until after their plan is complete. The ending is shown from the school's security cameras point of view, and then from other students point of view several days after the attack. This really works well and adds to the realism.
For such a low budget film, this was very well done. The acting was stellar and frighteningly realistic, especially coming from two unknowns, Andre Kreuck and Calvin Robertson, they did an outstanding job. At some points you feel like you're watching something that actually happened. The scariest part of the movie is how much you find yourself relating to the characters. They're surprisingly likable, to the point where you want to somehow talk them out of going through with their plan. You know how it's going to end, but you can't help but hope for a different outcome.
This was a great movie. It kept me interested the entire time and was brilliantly acted. I recommend you head over to Google video and check it out, however the ending is pretty realistic, so beware
This movie isn't for everyone, especially those that don't like hand-held camera movies like "Blair Witch" and "Cloverfield".
I give "Zero Day" 3 out of 4 stars
Starring: Andre Kreuck and Calvin Robertson
Running Time: 92 Mins.