ping at the bit to indulge. Provided, of course, that they and their families remain safe. Even then, for those among us who worship thanatos via our subconscious, the death wish may be so strong that it can finally topple everything else.
Lucy Walker, shown at right, the British filmmaker who has written and directed COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, we'd better get right back into that mode, this time with the knowledge that nothing we do, short of somehow banning nuclear weapons completely -- or overseeing them so closely and cautiously that not a terrorist gets through -- will prevent from happening the horrors she details here. We first hear from fall girl extraordinaire Valerie Plame Wilson (below), who tells us a lot of fascinating stuff, including the fact that, should terrorists want to get hold of a nuclear bomb and blow up, say, New York City, they'll look first to Russia. You'll soon be put in mind of The Sum of All Fears.
Joseph Cirincione who explains that, "If you can get hold of the materials, you can make a bomb." Comforting. But many of us already knew that. We may not, however, know that "a perfectly secure nuclear weapon is also an unusable one."
Mikhail Gorbachev, shown above, and Jimmy Carter among them), the filmmaker poses questions to various men and women in the street. One such -- How many nuclear weapons exist in the world today? -- receives wildly divergent answers. And why not: I had no idea of the actual count, either. But then, I've always thought that whether it's 10 bombs or 10,000 -- it's only going take a couple of strikes to begin the escalation that will wipe out most of the known world.
Countdown to Zero, from Magnolia Pictures, opens this Friday, July 23, here in the city that terrorist do seem to love: New York, NY, at the Angelika Film Center and the AMC Empire 25. It opens simultaneously in Rockland, Maine, and Washington DC. Next week it'll expand to many more cities and theaters. You can find all the playdates here.
the filmmaker, courtesy of TimeOut London.