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By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Italian superhero tale tackles poverty, gentrification.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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At first glance, ZERO seems like a story we've seen before, but that idea is very quickly turned on its head. Omar does have a superpower, but he doesn't wear a spandex suit or swing between buildings. Instead, Omar's journey to hero is more subtle. This feels realistic, and it adds an element of unpredictability. Though the basic character arc of going from self-centered adolescent to community-minded young adult holds true here, Omar's character feels unique.

Omar's performance is supplemented with strong performances from the rest of the cast as well, but while the acting is notable, the real highlight of Zero is the writing. While lines are clearly drawn between who the viewer is supposed to view as good and evil, gray areas are emphasized. For instance, how should viewers feel about Anna? While she is the object of Omar's affection, and an innocent young girl, she comes from a wealthy family that serves as a threat to Omar's neighborhood. There are also many examples of both systemic racism and microaggressions -- These aren't overt displays of hatred, but the characters are harmed by their effects. These characters make choices based on the fact that they, too, feel invisible to the world in the face of the everyday hardships they face. This point is evident and delivered in a cohesive way that builds the story piece by piece. Overall, while there's a lot of violence, language, and drinking in Zero, there are also powerful lessons about community, identity, and duty.

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