Cert: TBC Runtime: 98 mins Director: Craig Zobel Cast: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine
After the end of the world she thought she was alone…she was alone
Still not to have a UK release Z For Zachariah caught my attention earlier this year. Margot Robbie is the up and coming star in my eyes, this is actually more of a dramatic role. So I am hoping this will give us more of an insight than just the platinum blonde hair and pearly teeth. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s career really hasn’t set off as well as we thought after 12 years A Slave, then Chris Pine not a big fan at all. The big question is what is Z For Zachariah about?Following a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, a scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and a miner (Chris Pine) compete for the love of a woman (Margot Robbie) who may be the last female on Earth. This film was not the best in terms of suspense, thrills or any of the usual excitements audiences have come to expect from films these days. But that being said, it certainly wasn’t bad and that’s why I like it.It didn’t fit into good guy/bad guy conventions, it didn’t give us what we want in terms of a romance and nor did it fulfil our expectations of drama. But it didn’t do it out of being inept, it did it on purpose.
Margot Robbie is as always stunning, and I don’t mean her looks. It’s so easy to categorize her as another Hollywood starlet because of her looks. The truth is – took me most of the movie to recognize her. She is a consistent standout performer in what she does. Chiwetel Ejiofor, easy to recognize – because of another flawless performance, he always manages to understate the situation leaving the audience that little bit of self understanding to make up the rest.Chris Pine stood his ground and was a balanced foil, to manage the drama. The film refuses to be conventional and for that purpose it succeeds quite well.In the end this movie is a bleak but honest look at human nature. No-one is completely innocent, nor completely to blame and that being said you definitely can’t call this movie unoriginal. In addition it’s very well scripted, well acted and well directed although the direction, like the film itself, is neither here nor there. However, perhaps precisely because the film is so no-committed in some respects, it doesn’t really leave a lasting impression and it certainly wont be rocking any boats.