Zero Days

July 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm | Posted in 2016 | Leave a comment
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Documentary director Alex Gibney is known for making grim and revealing documentaries that hardly anyone sees, such as “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Taxi to the Dark Side,” and “Freaknomics.” He has a keen ability to explain complex subjects and build drama in what can be a fairly dry medium. Both are on display here. In this documentary, he uses reenactments, graphics, digital stand-ins and interviews with more than a dozen people who have served in key security positions within the U.S. and around the world to tell the story of Stuxnet: the virus that got away. From the moment it arrived on the scene in 2010, attacking the Iranian infrastructure, it has been the subject of much debate. Where did this stunningly complex piece of malware come from? Who created it? What is it designed to do? And, now that it has spread, what are the implications? Gibney leads us through a maze of stonewalling bureaucrats, ratcheting up the tension, as he leads us closer to the truth. The story unfolds so much like a good thriller that you have to remind yourself this is a documentary, not fiction. When all is revealed, the implications will cause any thinking person to pause and consider the world around them. How fragile the world we take for granted truly is. Like a good horror story? Skip “The Conjuring 2” and see this one instead. It’ll scare the crap out of you.

 

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