Z for Zachariah Review

Set in the wake of a nuclear apocalypse which wipes out the population leaving pockets of radiation soaked landscapes. Margot Robbie plays Ann a farmer’s daughter, the last member of her family still alive after surviving a tough winter on her family’s farm through the aftermath of the nuclear fallout.…

The Crit

Cast - 87%
Story - 68%
Music Score - 71%
Effects/Quality - 72%
Originality - 73%

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Set in the wake of a nuclear apocalypse which wipes out the population leaving pockets of radiation soaked landscapes. Margot Robbie plays Ann a farmer’s daughter, the last member of her family still alive after surviving a tough winter on her family’s farm through the aftermath of the nuclear fallout. She lives in the belief that she is the last survivor but soon experiences a glimmer of hope when she comes across another survivor in a radiation suit while hunting. The appearance of the stranger is a welcomed sight but she is apprehensive to approach and watches from afar.

The stranger thinks he is safe from the high radiation and decides to shed his shabby radiation suit to take a soak in a nearby river, as Ann emerges from hiding in woods to warn him but is too late and he has already been exposed to radiation. She takes him back to her farm and nurses him back to health over several days and starts to build a relationship with him.

Most of the movie is based on the relationship that builds between Zachariah (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Ann providing the viewer with some insight on to the events prior to them finding each other. Set against farming panorama it would be easy to believe this is not a science fiction as the film revolves around the dialogue between Zachariah and Ann.

Their calm and mundane routine is upset with the appearance of Caleb played by Chris Pine. His appearance is welcomed by Ann but Zachariah does not trust his sudden appearance. Caleb brings up some difficult topics that Zachariah and Ann have successful avoided which injects tension into their relationship.

Caleb creates fresh drama in the story and constantly draws out the pair to engage him on larger issues like rebuilding or relocating.

The dynamic and tense exchanges between the trio keep the viewer engaged and unsettled as you question which characters have the most chemistry. Ann clearly has a strong bond with Zachariah but once Caleb appears the two seems to spark it off immediately.

Ann is put through an emotional gauntlet but her character evolves through the movie as she grapples with her changing belief, while trying to hold on to the comfort of her past and accept her situation. The farm is almost a metaphor for Anns life who is a safe haven amidst the tragedy that surround which is filled with uncertainty. For the farm and Ann to survive the past must be dismantled so there can be a future.

Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor will captivate audiences with their intensity on screen as if the story was told through stage acting.  This DVD is perfect to stay in and be glued to your TV for this rainy season.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Age Rating: PG
Release Date: 11 July 2016

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