COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Undone by Liberal Fantasies and Obama-mania

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Release Date: July 23, 2010

Starring: N/A

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 91 minutes

Distributor: World Security
Institute/Magnolia Pictures

Director: Lucy Walker

Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann,
Bruce Blair, and Matt Brown

Producer: Lawrence Bender

Writer: Lucy Walker

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Content:

(H, B, PCPC, RHRH, AP, Pa, L, VV, M) Light humanist worldview with some moral elements but spoiled by liberal, politically correct sensibilities and revisionist history of atomic weapons and nuclear disarmament issues, plus smuggler of nuclear material to terrorists is allowed to make an anti-American statement about Usama Bin Laden and the Taliban Islamists in Afghanistan without being challenged and a reference to a Hindu pagan text about the Hindu God Shiva; zero obscenities and one borderline light profanity; brief strong violence includes scary atomic bomb explosions and descriptions of such explosions, and shots of the aftermath of such explosions, but movie is making a larger point; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, some bias and some unproven exaggerations and claims that may or may not be true.

Summary:

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is a dry documentary about nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists, and nuclear weapon stockpiles in Russia and the United States undone by its liberal intentions.

Review:

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is a dry documentary undone by its liberal intentions.

The subject of the documentary is nuclear proliferation and the dangerous nuclear weapon stockpiles by various countries around the world, especially the United States and Russia. Newsreel footage and numerous talking heads focus on these topics, as the movie depicts the history of atomic weapons and the nuclear disarmament movement.

The amount of stolen nuclear material from Russia and its former Soviet Communist colonies floating around is indeed a scary subject worth discussing. The movie also discusses the dangers of terrorists and terrorist states like Iran and North Korea using nuclear weapons. However, these subjects are all discussed in the movie’s first half. Furthermore, the climax of the movie comes when the filmmakers laud President Barack Obama for signing the new nuclear treaty with the Russians.

Thus, the movie seems more interested in getting on the liberal bandwagon promoting the Obama presidency than dealing with the scariest and most urgent part of this important topic – nuclear weapons in the hands of Muslim terrorists like Usama Bin Laden and terrorist states like Iran and North Korea. If the movie had concentrated at the end on those more important items, and challenged President Bush and Obama’s apparent willingness to appease Iran and North Korea, it would have been much more relevant and less biased.

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO also unfairly treats president Ronald Reagan’s clash with the Soviets in the 1980s, though not in a strident way like Michael Moore. Thus, it allows former Communist leader Gorbachev to comment on those days, but no supporters of Reagan are allowed to give the other side. In fact, the filmmakers seem to have made no real effort to get top officials in Republican administrations to comment on any issues it discusses. The movie also fails to note that the anti-nuclear demonstrators in the 1950s and 1960s it depicts were often infiltrated by Soviet spies and fellow travelers more interested in diminishing the power of the West and the United States than mutual nuclear disarmament.

Conservatives and Republicans, much less Christians, have no problem with trying to stop nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, or even with drastically reducing nuclear stockpiles. This documentary, however, apparently wants to leave the United States with no nuclear weapons and no protection against nuclear missiles whatsoever. If President Obama truly is interested in peace and safety, why is he apparently reducing the military programs to stop nuclear missiles from hitting America? And, why didn’t he want to try shielding America’s friends in Poland and Eastern Europe from such weapons? Furthermore, why does Obama, Mr. Nuclear Disarmament, seem so interested in giving Iran’s nutty leaders more time to perfect and build actual nuclear missiles? These and other questions are questions a documentary like this should try to answer.

In Brief:

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is a dry documentary undone by its liberal intentions. The subject of the documentary is nuclear proliferation and the dangerous nuclear weapon stockpiles by various countries around the world, especially the United States and Russia. Newsreel footage and numerous talking heads focus on these topics. Meanwhile, the movie discusses the history of atomic weapons, near accidents and the various nuclear disarmament movements.

The amount of stolen nuclear material from Russia and its former Soviet Communist colonies floating around is indeed a scary subject worth discussing. The movie also discusses the dangers of terrorists and terrorist states like Iran and North Korea using nuclear weapons. These subjects are all discussed in the movie’s first half, while the climax of the movie comes when the filmmakers laud President Barack Obama for signing the new nuclear treaty with the Russians. Thus, the movie seems more interested in getting on the liberal bandwagon promoting the Obama presidency than dealing with the scariest and most urgent part of this important topic. That is, nuclear weapons in the hands of Muslim terrorists like Usama Bin Laden and terrorist states like Iran and North Korea.