Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

DVD - 2015
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Two men and a woman find themselves in a love triangle when they are the only survivors after a disaster wipes out civilization.
Publisher: [St-Laurent, Quebec] :, VVS Films,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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chriscoleman
Nov 13, 2018

Z for Zachariah is taken from the novel of the same name, but tamed down considerably. The novel was really, really dark. Even as dark as the film gets, it's nowhere as bad as the novel.

In a small valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains one town has been spared from what appears to be a nuclear holocaust. That town, led by a preacher, feels it is their moral obligation to go out into the world and save people by bringing them back. They had no idea what they were doing. And they left behind the preacher's sixteen year old daughter Ann and his thirteen year old son (unnamed). Shortly after the elders leave, Ann's brother leaves too, determined to find them and bring them back. He never returns. So at the opening of this film, Ann is all alone and has been for six months. She's depressed and about to give up. Then one day she comes across a stranger pushing a cart of supplies and wearing a hazmat suit. Upon realizing that the air is untainted in this valley, he removes the hazmat suit and then begins bathing in contaminated water (it comes from outside the valley). She tries to warn him but is too late, so she takes him into her home and nurses him back to health. He's an engineer named John Loomis.

An uneasy partnership evolves between Ann and John. Ann falls in love with John, but John is a bit of a racist and puts her down a lot of the time--first her religion, then her food choices, then her being white. It isn't until a third person, a young miner from a nearby county, arrives in the valley that John realizes he is in love with Ann. The young miner is Caleb and Caleb is a habitual liar. At first the lies are small but then they get bigger. John takes advantage of the fact that there is another man around and designs a wheel to install over the waterfall to generate electricity.

Caleb quickly makes himself indispensable to Ann. He pretends to be deeply religious. He pits her against John by telling John not to tear apart her father's church for the wood necessary for the power wheel, but John takes it anyway (Ann tells him to because they need the power for the winter). Little things here and there make it appear to Ann that Caleb is the only one interested in her so she eventually sleeps with him. Then everything changes.

Don't want to give away the ending, but I encourage you to watch this a few times. Every time you'll see something new and realize that maybe the ending wasn't so sad after all. Maybe it's for the best.

As for the title, Ann mentions about a fourth of the way into the film that she was tought the alphabet by a bible book that started with the first man, A for Adam, and ended with the last man, Z for Zachariah. It's a play on the idea of the last man on earth who turns out to be John.

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reginator_22
Jan 31, 2018

Wanted to like this movie. But the ending was terrible. Waste of a great cast.

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poolman
Sep 17, 2017

A stunningly beautiful location in the mountains can't compensate for a thin plot and slow pace. Granted it was probably realistic but there's little dynamism between the three actors; little real tension most of the time and the enigmatic ending doesn't lift this rather pedestrian film to a higher level despite its interesting premise. Pity.

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22METZ
Apr 03, 2017

What a dull movie. Don't recommend it to anyone. The ending makes you wonder what really happened.

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gingin1972
Mar 12, 2017

Slow boring about nothing! Crap of a movie! I was waiting for something to happen anything but it never did!! 98 minutes waste of my life I will never get back!! So don't waste your life with this crap! Skip this crap!!!

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samuelolee1
Jan 06, 2017

Wow. Z For Zachariah is one of the best films I have seen in the past decade (along with El Método). I cannot recommend it highly enough. WATCH THIS FILM ❤

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Hyacinth22
Nov 15, 2016

I didn't read the book but I am a fan of post apocalyptic stories and movies. If you've ever watched the Walking Dead (note, this is NOT a zombie movie) than nothing can shock you. This movie is mild.

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Monolith
Apr 30, 2016

Didn't read the book; don't intend to. Don't care about Zachariah. In judging this post-apocalyptic love triangle solely on its own merits, I found the premise interesting and compelling enough, and the threesome in the cast did a fine job. I was initially disappointed with the abruptness of the ending, but after some reflection, I think it was perfect. An appropriate and deserving finish.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 24, 2016

Spoiler alert: there is no Zachariah. There is not even one mentioned. The "action scenes" in this movie are watching someone walk through the woods. I was bored for the entire movie--something I never say. Even Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine couldn't make it interesting. Skip this and use your time for something worthy of you.

kermic Apr 19, 2016

If you loved the book as I did, you will be disappointed, even annoyed, at watching this movie, as the storyline has been changed considerably. However, if you haven't read the book, then this movie is OK, though the plot has enormous potential and this movie could have been much more than what it is. Two stars for the movie and a third star for Chris's muscles (watch closely when he builds a water wheel!).

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Sexual Content: Partial nudity.

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reginator_22
Jan 31, 2018

Ann Burden: Hey get out of there, get out of the water. The water is contaminated!

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