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Plot: 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. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 28 Aug 2015
Chris Pine is So Hot. I'm Still No Gamer : (by Katy_Scary)
Let me start off by saying that I would have loved to be a Body Double for the scene in the bathroom with Chris Pine. Yes! Uhm I loved the movie and I hated the ending. The movie gets a 10 for the bathroom scene, it really saved the movie. The story was suspenseful up until the terrible ending. I really think she should have dished it out to both characters and start a rebuilding of the human race until they found other survivors. Also, who the H*ll is Zachariah? How did the livestock survive? How can I get in touch with Chris Pine?Find me Helpful. Find Me UnHelpful. I don't give a Duck. <more>
LOLHere is my 10th line. Here is my 10th line. Here is my 10th line. This line goes to 11. Eleven, Eleven, Eleven, Eleven...
The apocalypse is here...but we have Margot Robbie! (by NileFortnerBoogieBuddha954)
The end of the world does not seem all that bad ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A CANDLELIT DINNER WITH MARGOT ROBBIE!A disaster has wiped out most of civilization and humanity. The apocalypse was not due to evil machines, zombies, or aliens. It was good ol' radiation damn you radiation . It is the end of the world, and we have three people left alive. Z for Zachariah is following a disaster that wipes out most of civilization. A scientist, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave, The Martian and a miner, played by Chris Pine Star Trek Beyond, Upcoming Wonder Woman film compete <more>
for the love of a woman, played by Margot Robbie The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad who may be the last female on Earth. Z for Zachariah is well acted, has great cinematographer, a great cast even though it is only three people , great relatable characters, smart, has beyond beautiful scenery, it is funny, and I believe it is a perfect film! Margot Robbie plays Ann, a farm girl whose home in the country has been spared the worst. Ann is a religious believer and a survivor of the apocalypse. She lives with her dog, she roams the deserted valley, reading many books, raising farm animals and raiding a local convenience store for what is left of canned goods. That is until Ann sees a man by the side of the road. He is covered, like an astronaut wearing protective gear from the radiation. His name is John Loomis, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ann helps John Loomis learn the farming lifestyle. The two individuals bonds, learn from each other, and may even be in love. On the other hand, they meet someone else. They meet a man named Caleb, played by Chris Pine. Ann feels connected towards Caleb as well. Caleb also makes everyone question themselves and what they have done. Such as, one of our characters having a murderous past. Who will cock block whom? Who has killed? Who wants Ann more me ? Because at the end of the day or world in this incident , us brothers have needs. All this questions and more come to mind. This is a very smart film. Even at the end of the world, we have some much to learn about society and ourselves. I love how this is not a typical end of the world film. Even though the majority of the film are our three main characters talking and building stuff, we feel such an emotional connection towards them. Even at the end of the world, the characters dispute over beliefs, race, sex, and more. The movie had a message, and a creative way it wanted to give that message. At the end of it all, we are all one. It was not trying to shove the message in your face. It lets you figure it out. Accordingly, the change in characters I really enjoyed. For instance, John not being the most religious person in the beginning. Mainly because he has lost all his faith in the world, people, family, and friends. At the end of the film, we see him in a church with Ann and slightly smiling. Also, John never liked or cared for Ann when she would play the piano. However, at the end, he listens to her play and he seems to being enjoying it for the first time. The scenery is beautiful, and certain shots in the film even help tell or twist the story. No spoiler here, but if you have seen the shot where Ann slowly pushes her drinking glass over the edge of the table, and we get a continuous smash cut of the previous scene. I thought that was smart of the filmmakers. So these are my final Bitchin' Buddha thoughts on the film Z for Zachariah. I have no complaints. It is smart, has gorgeous scenery, and I believe it is a must see film. I believe Z for Zachariah earns a 10/10!"The future is not set". But I do know that "I'll be back". Until next time, this review is brought to you by Boogie Buddha, and remember, don't just get down, but get Boogie. Thank you all for reading and or viewing, and I hope you all have an amazing day as always. :
Nice film. It left an unanswered question though. Did Chris Pine die or not?
Eden replayed post-apolapse (by maurice_yacowar)
Z for Zachariah is a parable of postlapsarian loss. In a verdant valley miraculously saved from a nuclear apocalypse a young woman and her dog are joined first by a black engineer and then by a young white miner. Together they convert the girl's father's church into a water wheel that will use a radioactive waterfall to generate electricity. The wood from the church will help them rebuild human society. But the new world perpetuates the tensions of the old, including romantic emotions and racial tension.The radioactive water points to mankind's corruption of the source of life, <more>
the poisoning of purity. Indeed director Craig Zobel converts a survival novel into a religious drama by adding a character to the original two-person novel and developing the religious imagery. The title recalls a book that engineer John Loomis takes off a shelf: A is for Adam. The film dramatizes the end of that Biblical story, replaying the myth of Eden after the apocalypse. Zachariah is the prophet murdered between the temple and the altar, the last of the killed prophets, so the name embodies the new narrative as a whole.The heroine Ann Burden carries the burden of innocence and faith when she struggles alone with her dog to survive. When she finds engineer John bathing in a radioactive pool she nurses him back to life. They develop a relationship of respect and interdependence. Drunk on beer, Loomis briefly confronts Ann with his vulgar carnality from which he retreats apologetic. Through the sacrament of wine Ann approaches John on her own terms and invites an intimate relationship. But John retreats, desiring her closeness but fearing the change that a sexual relationship would make. He's inhibited by both their age and their colour difference. The scene in which Ann comes to him and he embraces her with a tender self-denial expresses the desire for a deep connection through the body but not carnal.The serpent in Eden — added to the source novel — is young white Caleb, whose "Mr Loomis" is a condescending formality by which he insinuates himself between his two hosts. The scene in which Ann chooses Caleb over John begins with their excessive use of wine, non-sacramental, and another baptism parody when the three cavort in the water. John is finally moved to confess his love to Ann, but when she comes to him he's drunk and unconscious. She surrenders her purity to Caleb instead, waiting when he comes out of the shower. This scene parallels her finding John under a waterfall and parodies their truer love scene, a literal purification parodying the authentic. Margot Robbie marvelously suggests her character's transition from Innocence to Experience. After Caleb, her eyes are darker, more knowing, her carriage heavier under the burden of experience, and we know she cannot revert to her earlier self, nor to her earlier relationship. In the last scene she plays a dirge on the church organ while John sits earnestly listening, his hands clasped in prayer as if in futile hope to recover what he had with her pre-Caleb. But you can't recover a lost Eden. After sampling the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil innocence is gone. One by one the male figures drop out of Ann's life. We see less of her dog after John appears and nothing at all with the arrival of Caleb. Caleb — named after one of Moses's advance spies who encouraged the invasion of Canaan — becomes the animal figure in Ann's life despite his pretence at being her fellow-believer, in contrast to the agnostic John. After losing Ann John arranges for Caleb's disappearance. But he can't erase the change Caleb wrought upon Ann.
"It took you, to make me realize that" (by shaunob11)
It must be stated that this movie's User Rating of 6.1 and Metascore of 68 do not do it any justice. As the rating are usually a pretty fair indicator of a movies quality, I went in expecting a decent movie but perhaps nothing exceptional. Now, after having watched it, I am happy to report that it far surpassed my initial expectations. First and foremost the acting in this movie is superb. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave, gives an absolutely spectacular performance again . He is rapidly becoming one of my favorite actors to date. He has moments of beautiful reserve but you can always <more>
feel the fire brewing down inside. Awesome, just awesome stuff. Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wallstreet, sheds the Brooklyn accent and personality and absolutely shines as the shy southern beauty in this film. She too is rapidly showing her wonderful acting chops and presenting herself as a force to be reckoned with. She makes a seamless transition from a supporting role in Wolf, to starring opposite Chiwetel here. The icing on the cake in this film is Chris Pine's performance. He shows that he is much more than a dreamy Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboots. This is by far my favorite performance of his. It just feels human. kudos. The direction was beautiful. While this movie is technically considered Sci-Fi, Mr. Zobel does an outstanding job making this into a character study. He balances the actors performances beautifully and the film is a perfectly trimmed piece of lean meat. Not once does it drag or feel rushed. The characters and story develop organically and its a mesmerizing thing to follow. The cinematography by Tim Orr also needs mentioning. Orr captures some enchanting nature shots that really play nicely into the story. Beyond all the obvious technical triumphs of this film, I think that perhaps my favorite part may be the sheer depth of the story. I'll avoid specifics on the plot, as I don't want to risk throwing out any spoilers but its suffice to say that this certainly is not a run of the mill love story. There are a lot of religious elements, a lot of nature and mankind talking points, and philosophical debates that will leave you thinking long after the credits role. Overall, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this wonderful film. I would absolutely recommend it.
Sometimes books are better than movies (by StuartLancaster1969)
I came to the movie hoping the best but expecting the worst. The writer is the same person who did the movies "I know what you did last summer." I read the book many years ago and did quite enjoyed it. But I didn't see how it could make an interesting movie. Three main characters. One a young girl living on a farm and the second character doesn't even join her until towards the end. The scenery was exquisite. Time and time again New Zealand shows why movies are made. A beautiful magical land for a movie that should of remained a book. The acting was fine. The movie drawn <more>
out. I'd say save your money. Just buy the book you'll like it much more.
Just saw this movie at Sundance and thoroughly enjoyed it. While certainly not perfect, the film was beautifully shot, scored, and directed. As a post-apocalyptic film, it took a unique take on what was essentially a small group of survivors after nuclear fallout. However, instead of focusing on the apocalyptic elements themselves, it focused on the human drama that resulted and the emotional responses to this extreme sort of isolation.I had essentially no expectations coming into the film and found myself completely invested in the storyline, which develops methodically but beautifully. The <more>
writing hits all the turning points within each character's development at just the right time, with just enough delicacy. In turn, the actors all delivered superb performances.I had only seen Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street previously, and I was highly impressed by her perhaps more subtle turn here. I thought she did a wonderful job of portraying a woman trying to preserve her faith and even innocence in trying circumstances. Likewise, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrayed his character's shortcomings in an extremely relatable, human way.Chris Pine's introduction into the film basically becomes the linchpin for the majority of the rest of the movie's tension, and Pine's typical suave-ness does not disappoint. Ultimately, a story of jealousy, desire, and necessity emerges, with the sense of isolation and loneliness prevailing, with an ending that leaves you thinking afterwards. 8/10.
A movie about three survivors that avoided radiation from an unknown event that keeps you thinking the whole time.This movie was really interesting. With only the 3 characters the movie did not struggle to give each character a personality, and not feel out of place. Craig Zobel seems to know how to make you uneasy. The whole movie I felt uneasy at what was going on and was never really sure what was going to happen. While Compliance was a whole different level of uncomfortable, this movie actually had me cringing in anticipation quite a few times.Margot Robbie - Nailed her character. I felt <more>
like she really pulled it off.Chris Pine - Also did well, there were a few scenes that I thought he felt out of character but all in all really well done.Chiwetel Ejiofor - I think he also nailed his character. I could see an argument against him for a lack of emotion in some scenes but I felt like it was intentional and that he pulled it off really well.All in all I would definitely recommend it.
A thought provoking story with an unexpected ending (by rannynm)
Some films make you cry, some films make you laugh and some films just amaze you. Well, this one will make you think and digest information that you will see. Z for Zachariah may not be the most romantic film nor may it be an adventure, but hours after watching it, I was still thinking about what this film represents The story is set in a Valley. However, it is a post-apocalyptic time. The area outside of the Valley is completely covered in radiation, but somehow the valley is clean. At the moment, only one girl lives there. However, two more men join her at her farm, and soon friendship <more>
takes an unexpected turn. If you would like to find out what happens, you have to see the film. I honestly think the film is good, but the real impact starts after it ends. Let me explain. The film's story makes it feel like it is building up to something big. But the actual "boom" comes to you after the film as you start to think a lot about the story and the characters, which is very unique and I think, genius. The acting and directing is interesting. It feels like the actors truly live through their characters. However I think the ending is a bit abrupt. If there was an epilogue or something like that, it would have felt more complete even if it was only symbolic. My favorite scene is when one of the men arrives and he already is rather friendly with the main female character. They just accomplished something big and they decide to have a bit of fun. The girl dresses up the dog and it is one of the few funny scenes. I like how it shows people that even after the worst possible things, we can still have fun and laugh. Honestly this film is rather mature and it's a drama. So, I recommend it for ages 12 to18. Kids this age could appreciate the story and the concept of this thought-provoking film better than younger ages. I give this film four out of five stars because, although the film has wonderful acting and directing, I think the story was a bit incomplete and some scenes were stretched out which made it a bit boring. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.