It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement.
| Original Score: 4/4
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: A
| Original Score: 3/5
It's hard to overstate the impact that this Oscar-winning procedural thriller had in 1969, on a world roiling in political activism, repression, and discord.
Required viewing for any lover of political thrillers.
| Original Score: 5/5
... thrilling, compelling, run through with vivid supporting characters and narrative twists and turns that have the dramatic punch of fiction even when based on real events.
Four decades later, this glimpse into the machinations of political violence, intolerance, willful ignorance, and systemic oppression has lost none of its urgent relevance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
a relentlessly fast-paced political expose that has not a single wasted second
It's still an eye-catching, fast-paced watch.
| Original Score: 3/4
The cyclonic drive is all heat and outrage
Its mere existence is testimony to the fact that no matter how hard those in power struggle to conceal their misdeeds, truth will eventually win out.
Z, whose title is a stand-in for the Greek word zei ('he lives'), takes us back to where that fascination all began for Costa-Gavras and shows us that, for the rest of us, it hasn't ever really ended.
In its slick cinematic urgency and its outrage, Z still has the power to shake you up.
Z combines the intellectual heft of revolution-themed films like The Battle of Algiers with the drop-dead cool of mod touchstones like Blow Out or Le Samouraï.
Mikis Theodorakis provides a stirring musical score of traditional Greek music.
| Original Score: A-
Years later, Costa-Gavras' shrewd contrivance and superb form hold up impressively.
Fascism has been driven underground, but a dose of Costa-Gavra's electrifyingly brutal 1969 political thriller Z will rattle you all the same.
Forty years later, Z remains one of the most thrilling and urgent political thrillers ever made, a model for socially-conscious melodramas (and Costa-Gavras best picture).
The military junta that ensued in Greece gave the film a sense of urgency approved by Cannes and Oscar alike.