Film Reviews

Z for Zachariah


Right on the heels of his Oscar Nominated role in “12 Years A Slave”, Chiwetel Ejiofor takes on a role that is fascinating to witness.

In “Z for Zachariah”  Loomis (Ejiofor) thinks he is the lone survivor in the midst of a disaster that wipes most of the human race.  However, its when Ann (Margot Robbie) stumbles upon him in the woods that both of their lives change.  If that weren’t enough…Caleb (Chris Pine) finds Ann and Loomis – and that is when it starts to get a little interesting.

It’s amazing how resourceful one can be when they need to.  Ann, who has been living without electricity for Lord knows how long, is beside herself when Loomis (a former scientists) uses water, a generator and a wheel made from wood as an conduit to run electricity to the house.

Based on a novel by Robert C. O’Brien and beautifully shot, the screenplay for this one feels a little thin, but these extraordinary actors make up for it.

It was refreshing to watch Pine and Robbie act without focusing on their external beauty.  Robbie was so stripped down, I almost didn’t recognize her and found myself wondering who this newcomer was opposite this Oscar nominee…lol. Pine and Ejiofor have that uncanny gift of saying more with their eyes than any dialogue that could be written or spoken.  I love that!!

Z for Zachariah opened in limited release on August 28th and is exclusively “on-demand” on Direct TV.

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