Summary In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men
and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love
triangle as the last known survivors. Genre : Drama/SF Country : Iceland/New Zealand
Cast : Margot Robbie : Ann Burden Chris Pine : Caleb Chiwetel Ejiofor : John Loomis Director : Craig Zobel
Maybe God... or your father... put this here for us.
So we can... we can start again.
Maybe that's why we're here... Just to start again.”
The future prospects ofour belovedworld looksrather bleak, judging bythepost-apocalyptic films of recent years.The endless seriesofdisaster scenariosdoesn't bode well. "The Maze Runner","Divergent," "Mad Max," "Oblivion," "The Hunger Games", "Snowpiercer", "Automata", "How Ilivenow", "World WarZ", "The Well"...they all showa societythat recovers onthe ruins ofapreviouscalamity.Similarly,"ZforZachariah". You won't get a real explanation about the incident that led to a generalexterminationofoursociety. Reference is made to radioactivity and emerging nausea caused bypollutedwater. From this youcandeducethat there might have beena nuclear waroraccidentin the past. But otherwiseit is pureguesswork.
It all started in an interesting way. A sober story with a sole survivor in a fertile valley (a "Garden of Eden" as it were), that was spared from the global holocaust one way or another. But this soberness gradually morphed into dullness. The emphasis gradually shifted from the apocalypse that took place in the world, to the complex, apocalyptic emotional world of a few surviving individuals. A love triangle is formed with reconstruction, religion, racial discrimination and jealousy as central themes. The fact that in all probability the world population was wiped out by a disaster, is relegated to the background and is only mentioned briefly afterwards as if it's irrelevant. What remains is an ordinary but complicated love story.
came across the following perspicacious summary : "Z for Zachariah is
a sex movie with a science-fiction coating and barely any sex.". It can easily be added to the list where films such as "The Boy" and "Manglehorn" appear in. Painfully slow films. What remains are the acting performances. An advantage (and maybe disadvantage at the same time) are the number of main characters. It's limited to three. Margot
Robbie as the devout, farmer's daughter Ann Burden, who can
drive a tractor to work the land without any problem but on the other hand feels rather inconvenient
when it comes to intimate relations with someone of the male gender. Margot
Robbie is a ravishing appearance as seen in "Focus", "Suite française", "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "About time". Despiteherfairlypatheticandbigotedlook in thisfilm, her natural beauty is still striking. She's joined by Chiwetel "12 Years a Slave" Ejiofor as the scientist John
Loomis who is being rescued from a certain death by Ann after taking a refreshing
bath in a toxic pond. The
group is completed with Chris Pine as the not so bad-looking miner Caleb. Hethwarts John's plansto re-populatetheplanetthoroughly.
This film is based on the novella by Robert C. O'Brien from 1974. I myself haven't read it and allegedly the film isn't really consistent with the book. For example, there would be no question of a third person. Knowing this, I think I'll let this book pass me, for even three people can't ensure that there's an intriguing, fascinating story. Let alone two. "Z for Zachariah" is a science fiction without much fiction, an erotically charged tale without eroticism and a pseudo-emotional story. Despite the nuclear disaster, the chemistry between the characters was hard to find.