Z for Zachariah (2015) [Review]

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After a nuclear disaster leaves the world in a supposed inhabitable post-apocalyptic state, Ann (Margot Robbie) lives with her dog in the hill of an unspecified area, beautiful and seemingly untouched. She plods about her day-to-day, until two men enter her life (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine) and the singular dynamic of the lone survivor transforms into a questionable sequence of events, underpinned by love, mistrust and uncertainty.

This is not a horror film, or really a thriller of any kind. It’s understated, methodical and intriguing for the most part, and yet there are moments of true discomfort that will be sure to unsettle some viewers. There are religious metaphors present throughout in a sort of Adam & Eve scenario, but at it’s core it is a character study of individuals put into a situation where rational thought and basic human interaction is tested. Despite the excellent performances, the pacing may be a little too slow for most people who sit and wait for “something” to happen, but the beauty is in the nothing that happens, because everything is gone and all we have are these people and their self-discovery of how to exist once again.

Sidenote: I’m going to start writing more of my reviews here and over at Letterboxd in a shorter format like the above, and choose my lengthier ones for specialist pieces for external websites/magazines, quite simply because I don’t have the time to churn out full reviews for every single movie I see.

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