No, this isn't a new science fiction movie, although we kind of wish it was.
Instead, Zero Days -- which premiered today at the Berlin Film Festival -- is a documentary about what many call the next major battlefield in humanity's ongoing quest to destroy itself: cyberspace.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's movie delves into the dangers of cyber warfare and reveals that governments around the world are hiring hackers with the express purpose of creating new viruses with which to attack the infrastructures, finances and industries of other states.
Gibney uses as his main example of this new kind of weaponry Stuxnet, a computer worm that was developed by several countries and used to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. According to the movie, there are many other such viruses out there, primed and ready to bring down electrical grids, nuclear power stations, water treatment plants and telecommunications. And guess which nation's systems are among the most vulnerable? (I'll give you a hint, it sits between Canada and Mexico.)
The film uses graphics and re-enactments to get its chilling point across, as well as interviews with people in the know, like ex-CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke. Gibney, by the way, makes some of the best documentaries out there. His other films include the Scientology expose Going Clear, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
A trailer for Zero Days debuted today at the Hollywood Reporter, and although there is no release date yet, the doc was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Showtime. So that means you'll get a chance to see it relatively soon -- unless our systems go down, that is.
Watch the trailer below and be afraid, be very afraid, of Stuxnet and its ilk.