Z For Zachariah

2015

Z For Zachariah (2015)

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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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In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (26)

"Z for Zachariah is a solid relationship drama disguised as post-apocalyptic tale.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
indieWire
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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.

Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Z for Zachariah has the tasteful dullness of a movie too afraid to make a choice in any direction.

Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Zobel and Modi have crafted a thoughtful narrative about the experience of navigating and attempting to accommodate others' personalities.

Aug 28, 2015 | Full Review…
Slate
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"Z for Zachariah" is ultimately too dramatically slight and brief for its ambitions, despite its sometimes labored myth-making script and visuals.

Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The drama brims with religious allusion and questions of how faith manifests in a world without hope.

Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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½

Ponderous update of The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Watch that one instead.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Disaster hits. The world is dying out. There are only a few remaining survivors. They must learn to live with each other, and possibly even blossom love for one another. Now picture that cliched story, but start the film after those events. Intrigued yet? "Z for Zachariah" is a smart, beautifully shot end-of-the-world drama, that does not focus on that aspect. Taking place up in the mountains in a cabin home, this film follows 3 people as they slowly begin to find each other, forming bonds and working together to help each other stay alive. Margot Robbie, Chiwitel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine are all fantastic here, making for great scenes whenever they are all together. With many though-provoking scenes, elements that will work both for believers and non-believers of the catholic faith, and an old story that has been flipped on it's head, "Z for Zachariah" is a truly remarkable piece of film that is definitely too far under the radar. This is a wonderful film that is as easy to watch as it is terrific. From beginning to end, it had me immersed in it's characters, setting, and writing. Everything about this picture screams class. The quiet slow tone of the film is what made it so incredible, as each and every time a character moment passes, it feels like no time has passed by at all. I was immersed in every scene. A Fantastic film that I highly recommend. One of the best films I have seen in all of 2015.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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