Seven years after 9/11, sloppily made doc offers Zero insights.
ZERO: AN INVESTIGATION INTO 9/11 (Franco Fracassi, Francesco Trento) Rating: NN
It's the seventh anniversary of 9/11, and we still seem to know little about what happened. Instead of answering lingering questions, the recycled conspiracy theories in Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11 lead us down more blind alleys and provoke further questions, both of the Bush administration and of the film itself.
Presented by Global Outlook and SIFT (Skeptics Inquiry for Truth), this Italian doc is screening in a double bill alongside a final cut of the viral hit Loose Change, a film that has already exposed most of the uncertainties presented by "expert" testimony and witness accounts in Zero.
The facts that don't seem to add up in the government's summation of 9/11 include the way the towers collapsed as if they'd been blown up by dynamite, the absence of plane debris at the Pentagon crash site and - oh, my god! - that bin Laden can't be a true Islamic fundamentalist because he sports a gold ring.
Sloppily made, with repetitive inter-titles that often force us to read and listen to the narrator simultaneously, this America's Most Wanted-style witch hunt is full of nitpicky details, contradictory information and old news.
Although distrusting Bush is always reasonable, I can't say I put too much coin in Zero either.
Screens tonight (Thursday, September 11) at the Bloor.