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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
The Foundations of Current Cyber Wars
By Susan MacMillan
There are plenty of poorly made and sketchy "documentaries" offered on all the streaming channels. This is not one of them. It was made by a very well regarded documentary film maker. This is an update on the of the Stuxnet malware story, and it did indeed go much further than the 60 Minutes story I remember seeing a while back. There is a lot of technical information, and I am not especially a techy, but I think I understood it well. What is so good about this documentary is that after watching it you have a much better understanding of the foundations of why the U.S. and the world are in such a hacking crisis right now. I have heard criticism about the film because the producer was unable to get anyone to reveal much about the Stuxnet episode. But he did take every nugget of information he was able to glean and weave them into a quilt of a story so to speak. The production values of the film were well done. Anyone who is the least bit concerned about upcoming cyber war and hijinks needs to watch this.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
More Riveting Than A Hollywood Thriller...And It's All Real
gripping...fascinating....disturbing..."zero days" has more narrative drive than a hollywood thriller.
it's arguably alex gibney's most powerful work...he's not "just" a documentarian, the guy's a real film-maker...a STORY TELLER....and he's got one helluva story to tell here. even his talking heads are beautifully lit and shot...his animated graphics are informative AND beautiful (a rarity in documentaries)...the editing here is brisk and propulsive...and the music adds real tension without overwhelming the already compelling material....I've been a fan since his shocking / tragic "taxi to the dark side" -- and he's upped the ante with every movie since.
yes, the details are often complex...but your attention is rewarded at every turn -- and there are MANY turns. the laws of blowback and un-intended consequences are in full force here...and yet there are never cheap "gotcha moments" that lesser film-makers resort to to artificially create "heroes" or "villains" in a story. everybody here is doing their best -- or their damnedest -- to deal with our "New World Disorder."
no easy viewing...no easy answers...but for those who want a glimpse, the future of warfare is here -- and now. see it now.
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I really enjoyed it.
If you've seen the 60 Minutes piece on the "STUXNET" malware from 2012, you have an understanding of the background story covered in "Zero Days." This documentary does an effective, informative, and quite entertaining job of presenting more detailed background then the news magazine's version, and then ventures further into the geopolitical and tactical ramifications of nation state actors essentially waging war on each other using virtual tools that, as it turns out, can inflict real-world damage. Fairly chilling stuff. I really enjoyed it.