Multiplying by Zero

Ben Coccio's mock documentary gratuitously rehearses the school shooting scenario

Good Lord.

No Elephant: Andre Keuck 
and Calvin Robertson play 
murderous teenagers.
No Elephant: Andre Keuck and Calvin Robertson play murderous teenagers.

Yes, Coccio is drawing attention to a cultural obsession; when he hooks us with his sensational plot and meticulous documentation, he's showing us that the taste for drama is ours. He's not the only one fascinated by these kinds of stories; he's merely indulging a fascination that he knows we share. Point taken – but not, at least by this reviewer, appreciated. Perhaps no intention and no news (short of something truly transcendent) could justify the trauma that is Zero Day. How anyone might be expected to feel good about this movie, with its shockingly brutal enactment of what was so hard to endure in real life, may be the real mystery here.

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