Countdown to Zero

It’s a reminder that nuclear weapons are still a threat. Those of us that grew up during the last of the cold war have seen these warnings many times before, but it makes you realize that as long as countries keep refining uranium, there are people who will use it and it will eventually get used. There are lots of short interviews with famous individuals and political leaders. Three possible avenues to detonation of nuclear weapons are contemplated throughout: accident, miscalculation, or madness. Personally, I vote for madness, the other two choices just sound dull.

I liked the cinematography more than anything else. The production quality was good. It was the second film from director Lucy Walker I watched at this year’s festival (the first being ‘Waste Land’). She also made the 2002 documentary Devil’s Playground which I highly recommend.

Venue: Seattle International Film Festival, 2010
Country: USA
Genre: Documentary
Language: English