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Zero Days

Zero Days

Rated: PG-13 

for some strong language.

Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date:  July 8, 2016 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

Another probing, if prolonged documentary from acclaimed Alex Gibney, who has examined Julian Assange, Lance Armstrong, and Steve Jobs besides Enron and other disturbing subjects in a post 9/11 world incites ire and fear. The less media-savvy one is going into this cautionary cinematic rhetorical tale the more of a thrilling procedural it becomes even if Gibney is restricted to a degree in spite of his customary impeccable research (also serving as narrator here).

Zero Days takes aim at cyber sabotage with global ramifications after a 2010 incident regarding malware codenamed "Olympic Games" (Stuxnet) which intended to neutralize Iranian's nuclear supply - which they subsequently enriched with uranium. Security issues get much attention in the early reels to offer necessary background as news footage, interviewees (including the Mossad, CIA, NSA, and State Dept. with thespian standees for one of these), as well as pictures and computer graphics weave something rather discomfiting, even dodgy, abetted by some eerie electronic music.

As the rules of engagement have been altered for a new millennium from this techno-warfare which can be catastrophic on many levels when it comes to putting infrastructures into an extremely tattered state - especially when expert hackers unite their dastardly, insidiously guiling schemes like what the U.S. and Israel were allegedly commissioned to do. An irked Gibney wants conversation to occur like a call to arms control as some of the talking heads suggest in the cases of atomic and chemical warfare where laptops could quickly debase societies to their knees. Even as Pres. Obama's subsequent dealings with Iran come across as an infomercial the director's thematic resonance is pointed and hardly compromised.

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