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Z for Zachariah (2015)

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9/10: Eden replayed post-apolapse
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Z for Zachariah is a parable of postlapsarian loss. In a verdant valley miraculously saved from a nuclear apocalypse a young woman and her dog are joined first by a black engineer and then by a young white miner. Together they convert the girl's father's church into a water wheel that will use a radioactive waterfall to generate electricity. The wood from the church will help them rebuild human society. But the new world perpetuates the tensions of the old, including romantic emotions and racial tension.The radioactive water points to mankind's corruption of the source of life, the poisoning of purity. Indeed director Craig Zobel converts a survival novel into a religious drama by adding a character to the original two-person novel and developing the religious imagery. The title recalls a book that engineer John Loomis takes off a shelf: A is for Adam. The film dramatizes the end of that Biblical story, replaying the...

2/10: Boring and derivative of other post-apocalyptic movies
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Z for Zachariah I first read this book (by the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.) in the late 70's. I've always enjoyed post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels. In the book, a young girl (16) Ann, has survived a nuclear and nerve gas holocaust in her little valley. A stranger arrives, clad in an odd suit, which he calls a safe suit. They eventually set up an uneasy co-existence, that turns hostile, until Ann steals the safe suit and heads out of her valley to try and find other survivors. A bit ludicrous of an idea, that a "meteorological uniqueness" could keep one valley free of radiation and nerve gas (the exact cause of the disaster is never revealed, and her entire family has left, to try and find other survivors) is silly, but the writing is good and the tension between the characters is palpable. The story ends open ended...

1/10: Great book ruined by poor acting and PC (Spoiler
Saturday, August 29, 2015

I read this book when I was a teenager and really enjoyed it, I was eagerly awaiting the movie. Then I discover that they cut out many of the best parts and ruined it with political correctness. One of the characters who was white in the novel is suddenly black in the movie, what was their casting director smoking when they changed the entire background of one of the MAIN characters. They even went so far as to make race an issue when the now black Loomis tells the two other white characters to "go be white people together" in a fit of jealousy. What are they trying to achieve with this, could we please have our classics animated without a side-serving of white guilt? The book was popular as it was, I hate it when the PC police come in and start taking artistic license. Great book, Crap movie

3/10: Major Changes from Book
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Original book was a two-person story. In rewriting it for the screen, a third character was added. Obviously, the screenwriters had used the 1959 movie "The World, the Flesh, and the Devil" staring Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, and Mel Ferrer as a basis. If you have scene that movie, you can almost guess what will happen with a white girl, black male, and third act addition of another white male in a sexual triangle.John Loomis character changed from bad guy to mostly good guy. Much more emphasis on religion undertones.And it leaves unresolved whether the Caleb character actually left after the falling incident at the waterfall (it was the Ann character who left in the book using the safe suit) or if John killed him to get Ann.Original book was more of a teen book. Movie is mostly boring with long silences

1/10: What
Sunday, October 9, 2016

I want to appreciate the work and effort it took for the cast and crew to complete this film but wow.. sometimes as the creator of a piece of art you have to have the ability to admit when your creation flat out sucks. This movie was painful to watch. The only emotion it evokes is frustration and a sort of self anger for having pushed through to the end. Just a bad. movie. There's really not much else to say about it. If you're lucky enough to have read this review prior to watching this film... you're welcome, I just gave you back precious time. And what's with the minimum length for a review here IMDb? I've said everything I needed to convey about how I felt about this film. I should not be forced to have to write a lengthier review. I hope this goes through this time.Yours truly, Disappointed

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