Z For Zachariah, Blu-ray (2015)
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine
Director: Craig Zobel
Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9, 1080p HD color
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English and Spanish, English SDH
Studio: Grindstone/Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate (10/20/15)
Extras: “The Making of Z for Zachariah,” Deleted scenes, Extended interviews, Trailer gallery
Length: 98 min.
This thought-provoking movie is not really about the end of the world, but more about the complex relationships among the three people who may be the last humans left on earth after an atomic apocalypse. Ann is a resourceful young woman living alone on a farm which miraculously has escaped intact, and she finds first the black scientist injured by radiation exposure and nurses him back to health. Later a young white man shows up – both had been working underground during the catastrophy.
The growing connection with the black man is disrupted by the second man, and soon there is a love triangle complicating matters. The acting by all three principals is perfect, and one slowly becomes part of the rather small world of the three. The publicity sheet describes this as a thriller – I don’t see that at all, though there is the fragile world presented that begins to unwind due to the jealousy of Zackariah.