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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Tony Blair
Mikhail Gorbachev
Jimmy Carter
Valerie Plame.
Directors
Lucy Walker.
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Running Time
91 minutes

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Countdown To Zero
The real Judgment Day


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Plot
The shadow of nuclear annihilation is ever present in Lucy Walker's examination of proliferation, terrorism and deterrence.


Review
Countdown To Zero
On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s famous anti-proliferation speech, Lucy Walker’s follow-up to her Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land brings the nuclear debate into the 21st century, marshalling an impressive array of talking heads and archive footage to reignite an issue which, despite sabre-rattling in Iran and North Korea, and the recent tragedy in Japan, hasn’t been a ‘hot button’ topic since the ’80s. Here, Walker’s customary aversion to voiceover narration works against her, giving the whole enterprise a distracted, unfocused feel. With another month or two in the edit suite, this could have been genuinely incendiary: An Inconvenient Truth for the anti-nuclear lobby.


Verdict
Walker was Oscar nominated for Waste Land this year, and while this occasionally unfocused doc doesn't hit those heights, it's still a valuable and scary film that should be seen.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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L: groovyfokker David Hughes has been reviewing for Empire magazine since Issue 2. Who are you? sp; First post since registering in 2009...dn't be the person perchance who's currently being patronised by David Hughes...or his mum? Worth asking I suppose. ... More

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Stunningly obtuse review from David Whos (pardon me) Hughes there. I know! Me neither... I know enough now (yes, I admit, even through personal experience) that being embittered about Empire reviews is incredibly touchstone behaviour for trivial stupidity but having seen this film I honestly think the complacency any non-committal review would engender in a potential viewership should be raised as a matter in PMQ's. It would be a shame Empire couldn't make a higher contribution to ou... More

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