Z for Zachariah

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Z for Zachariah  (C+).  Many years ago, a college buddy and I were desperate for a movie rental, and we settled on an obscure sci-fi movie out of New Zealand called The Quiet Earth.  It turned out to be a terrible movie about some sort of global catastrophe that caused the disappearance of almost every single human being.  But—in New Zealand at least—two men and one woman were left alive, and eventually they all found each other and had to deal with their odd situation.  The movie was, as previously mentioned, terrible.

Now along comes Z for Zachariah, a movie with a very similar premise but starring some bona fide movie stars—Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), and Chris Pine (Into the Woods).  When the movie begins, a young woman named Ann (Robbie) is living alone on a farm in a remote valley that has somehow been spared a nuclear catastrophe that seems to have ended all other human life.  But one day she encounters another survivor, John (Ejiofor), and at first they have to work at getting comfortable around each other.  And then their careful equilibrium is destroyed by one more arrival, a handsome scamp named Caleb (Pine).  That’s all I can say about the plot without committing any spoilers.  (As another reviewer has said, Pine’s picture is on the movie poster, so describing his character isn’t a spoiler.)  Anyway, I thought the movie was okay—certainly better than The Quiet Earth—but still nothing to get too excited about.

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2 comments on “Z for Zachariah

  1. […] too complicated, director Adam McKay lightens the mood by pausing and bringing in Margot Robbie (Z for Zachariah) and Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) to explain and simplify things for us.  But the movie is […]

  2. […] were trying to do right that second.  And is it really believable that Captain Kirk (Chris Pine, Z for Zachariah) would find himself bored just three years into the Enterprise‘s historic five-year mission? […]

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