Friday, June 11, 2010


by D.E.Levine

Director: Lucy Walker
Writer: Lucy Walker
Cast: Gary Oldman (prologue voice, Valerie Plame Wilson, Graham Allison, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Matthew Bunn, Lawrence Scott Sheets, Oleg Khintsagov, Scott Sagan, Zia Mian, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pervez Musharraf, Mike Chinoy, Alexander Glaser, Tony Blair, Andrew Koch, Ahmed Rashid, Joe Cirincione, Jeffrey Lewis, Bruce Blair, Roger Molander, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sbigniew Brzezinski, Ira Helfand, Frank von Hippel, R.Scott Kemp, Robert McNamara, Richard Cizik, F.W.deKlerk, Thomas D'Agostino, Richard Burt and James Baker III (interviewees)
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Executive Producers: Bruce Blair, Matt Brown, Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann
Co-Producer: Lisa Remington
Associate Producer: Brendan Rees
Original Music: Peter Golub
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

By the time the viewer finishes watching Countdown to Zero they are pretty much horrified and in a state of shock.

The film traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs.

Released in 2009 the film shows nine nations who possess nuclear weapons capabilities with many others joining the race to acquire the capabilities.

Viewers see the delicate balance within which the world is held. This balance can be upset by a human accident, a natural disaster, a human act of terrorism and/or failed diplomacy.

There are a myriad of interviews with international statesmen who make a compelling argument for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue that has taken on new life and importance with the Obama administration's efforts to revive this goal.

Written and directed by widely acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker, the film was produced and financed by a group of experienced filmmakers who have been activists in other areas and now turned their attention to the precarious situation facing the world regarding nuclear arms.