Craig Zobel’s film ‘Z for Zachariah’ set in a post-apocalypse world has Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) idling away her days on a farmstead, that has for some strange reason filtered away the radiation. She isn’t sure if there are some other survivors out there in the world, until she is joined by a haggard looking John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) one fine day, and Caleb (Chris Pine), a few days later.
Zobel’s recreation of a world where even the most basic amenities that we often take for granted are viewed as treasured possessions is commendable. “I thought I’d never eat fresh fish again,” mumbles Loomis as he greedily digs his fingers on to a fish on the hot grill.
This surprisingly comes across as a world that is as real as the one we are accustomed to. The film, fraught with tension, as the two men engage in a cerebral tussle, is laded with several moments that keep you consistently engaged.
There is an ending that occurs all too sudden, and which tosses a few queries at you, some of which remain unanswered. The implications are with out doubt there, and as each viewer crafts a meaning of their own, Zobel’s film acquires an odd, enigmatic air to it.
Verdict: Above Average