Z For Zachariah (2015)
Critic Consensus: Z for Zachariah wrings compelling drama out of its simplistic premise -- albeit at a pace that may test the patience of less contemplative viewers.
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Critic Reviews for Z For Zachariah
Although the movie stops at the book's two-thirds mark, the abrupt ending is a killer. It creeped me out and then laid me out. For days I couldn't get out of my head the way it wreaked havoc on my sympathies.
Z for Zachariah has the tasteful dullness of a movie too afraid to make a choice in any direction.
Zobel and Modi have crafted a thoughtful narrative about the experience of navigating and attempting to accommodate others' personalities.
'Z for Zachariah' is a film of ideas, but those ideas never overpower the people it's about.
People are people, says Z. They will repeat their mistakes. But it is possible that those mistakes will make way for a new world, a lot like the old one. And maybe love will let them muddle through.
Audience Reviews for Z For Zachariah
It's the end of the world again and a young white woman has a choice to make: white guy or black guy to play Adam to her Eve? The World The Flesh and The Devil (1959) gets a reboot, with the inner city location changed to out in the country. No matter, after 56 years the gist of the thing is still about race and the seething distrust of the otherness (and so forget about progress). See the original first. Still the actors and production involve one in the storytelling, regardless how foregone the conclusion.
After a nuclear holocaust, a woman believes she is the last person on the planet until two men appear.
The most interesting aspect of this film is the religious debate between Loomis and Ann, complicated by Caleb's belief. Loomis represents practicality, but Ann and Caleb's faith is not a polar opposite of Loomis's point of view; instead, for Ann and Caleb, faith and religion is a sense of community. I would have liked to see this debate played out and dramatized with greater precision, but the film devolves into a simple love triangle and Ann gives up too easily, such that her character is so easily dominated that one thinks there was never any conflict to begin with. What is more, her relationship with Caleb marks not true belief but mercurial fascination that reflects hypocrisy. If there's a message here, it's a weak one.
Overall, what began as an interesting concept devolved into a cliche.
Ponderous update of The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Watch that one instead.
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