Both Mikeys were more than a little odd, and Jonathan had his quirks. Kevin was a cannibal with a good skill set. Frodo at the Sammath Naur with his Ring-face on wasn't the picture of mental health, and Patrick gave a lot of people the creeps. But we've never watched an Elijah Wood character slide into insanity like Aaron Feller in Day Zero. I have a suspicion that if Patrick were put under the same strain as Aaron we might have seen it happen to him, as the two seem to have about the same level of ability to cope with life, and similarly shaky social support. It's strictly my own opinion that if Aaron - and, possibly even more importantly, Aaron's friends - hadn't been put under the stress they were, Aaron could have continued living his odd but basically sane writer's life for a long time into the future: "I would be there working at my craft, had it not been for the draft." - from "To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting" by Donovan [quoted from memory]
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We can divide Aaron's story throughout the movie into several stages, marked by lines from another Sixties era song:
- *each page title is from "Save the Life of My Child," by Paul Simon (1968)
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The two songs mentioned above are on these albums: "Save the Life of My Child" on Bookends and "To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting" on Donovan's Greatest Hits. Click on the arrow to get a drop-down list of songs.
(There are traditional links for Bookends on the last page of Day Zero screencaps.)