Z for Zachariah – A very thought provoking story with an unexpected ending


This sci-fi thriller tells a story about two men and a young woman who find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors after an apocalyptic disaster that wipes out most of civilization. Starring Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor, it is a film that is beautifully shot and scored and focuses on the interactions between these survivors. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “Some films make you cry, some films make you laugh and some films just amaze you. Well, this one will make you think and digest information that you will see.” See his full review below.

Z for Zachariah

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Some films make you cry, some films make you laugh and some films just amaze you. Well, this one will make you think and digest information that you will see. Z for Zachariah may not be the most romantic film nor may it be an adventure, but hours after watching it, I was still thinking about what this film represents

The story is set in a Valley. However, it is a post-apocalyptic time. The area outside of the Valley is completely covered in radiation,but somehow the valley is clean. At the moment, only one girl lives there. However, two more men join her at her farm, and soon friendship takes an unexpected turn. If you would like to find out what happens, you have to see the film.

I honestly think the film is good, but the real impact starts after it ends. Let me explain. The film’s story makes it feel like it is building up to something big. But the actual “boom” comes to you after the film as you start to think a lot about the story and the characters, which is very unique and I think, genius. The acting and directing is interesting. It feels like the actors truly live through their characters. However I think the ending is a bit abrupt. If there was an epilogue or something like that, it would have felt more complete – even if it was only symbolic.

My favorite scene is when one of the men arrives and he already is rather friendly with the main female character. They just accomplished something big and they decide to have a bit of fun. The girl dresses up the dog and it is one of the few funny scenes. I like how it shows people that even after the worst possible things, we can still have fun and laugh.

Honestly this film is rather mature and it’s a drama. So, I recommend it for ages 12 to18. Kids this age could appreciate the story and the concept of this thought-provoking film better than younger ages. I give this film four out of five stars because, although the film has wonderful acting and directing, I think the story was a bit incomplete and some scenes were stretched out which made it a bit boring. This film is in theaters on August 28 so, if you’re a sci-fi fan, put it on your list. 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org.


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